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By Frédéric Bozo

In March 2003, the us and nice Britain invaded Iraq to place an finish to the regime of Saddam Hussein. The conflict used to be introduced and not using a United international locations mandate and was once in response to the misguided declare that Iraq had retained guns of mass destruction. France, below President Jacques Chirac and international Minister Dominique de Villepin, spectacularly antagonistic the U.S. and British invasion, prime a world coalition opposed to the warfare that still integrated Germany and Russia. The diplomatic trouble best as much as the struggle shook either French and American perceptions of one another and printed cracks within the transatlantic courting that have been construction because the finish of the chilly War.

Based on particular French archival resources and various interviews with former officers in either France and the us, A historical past of the Iraq Crisis retraces the foreign trade that culminated within the 2003 Iraq clash. It exhibits how and why the Iraq concern resulted in a disagreement among longtime allies unparalleled because the time of Charles de Gaulle, and it exposes the deep and ongoing divisions inside Europe, the Atlantic alliance, and the foreign neighborhood as a complete. The Franco-American narrative deals a different prism wherein the yankee street to struggle will be higher understood.

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