The Gulf War and the New World Order

This collection of essays was a seminal response to the first US attack on Iraq. Edited by Chaim Bresheeth and Nira Yural-Davis, many of the essays broached ideas that were to rise to prominence in subsequent critical thinking about International Relations, notably on the persistence of Imperialism and the role of the USA within it, and the onset of a new and aggressive phase of US and Western expansionism in the wake of the collapse of the USSR.

The PDF below contains my contribution, on the economic basis for the war. It traced the war’s origins to two phenomena: the long-run decline in growth rates of the Western Powers, and the persistent and rising polarization of the world between the imperialist, rich countries accounting for less than a fifth of its population, and the remainder.