Is the United Nation's Current Policy in Iraq Effective? Evaluation of Economic Sanctions and the Oil-for-Food' Program   [open pdf - 583KB]

United Nations policy toward Iraq, consisting of economic sanctions and what has come to be known as the Oil for Food program is flawed - it does not meet either the national security objectives or the humanitarian objectives it was set out to accomplish. In this report, the authors advocate that a comprehensive policy for Iraq must address both national security and humanitarian concerns if it is to be successful. Politics and humanitarian intervention cannot be separated. The research team analyzed the current UN policy for Iraq and two leading alternatives which represented either a national security perspective or a humanitarian intervention perspective. From a national security perspective, the team analyzed the alternative presented by Anthony Cordesman, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Middle East Studies Program. From the humanitarian intervention perspective, they analyzed the alternative presented by Denis J. Halliday, former coordinator of the Oil for Food program at the UN. Finally, the team constructs and analyzes an alternative policy and develops it into a feasible course of action which the authors evaluate based on established criteria.

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