Abstract

Abstract:

There are two main motives ascribed to Saddam Husayn’s decision to invade Iran in 1980. One motive is that he invaded for geopolitical gain when international factors worked in his favor. The other is that he invaded to prevent Iran from fomenting revolution in Iraq. This article argues the decision was taken due to the latter, that the decision to invade Iran was primarily due to the fear of spillover effects from the Iranian Revolution, and considers the broader implications for why revolutions can sometimes lead to war.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-3461
Print ISSN
0026-3141
Pages
pp. 246-266
Launched on MUSE
2018-05-11
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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