Presents unique insights from key player in first Gulf War, who continues to have an extremely high profile. There is renewed interest in diplomacy of first Gulf War in wake of current Iraq crisis. As Iraqi troops surged into Kuwait in 1990, British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Alan Munro played a vital role in both forging and maintaining a formidable coalition to evict them. Never before had Western and Arab states fought side by side against another Arab country. He reveals here all the behind-the-scenes manouevring that made this possible. He recalls with verve and candour the frantic phone calls, the diplomatic interplay, the confusion of the battlefield, and the difficulties of dealing with the international media. Munro surrounds his revelations with a thoughtful and informed analysis of the international politics of the Middle East. With Western armies once more deployed in the Gulf, this new updated paperback edition of Munro's book provides a timely reminder of the pressures, pitfalls and potential of international diplomacy in the region.
Sir Alan Munro was British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1989 to 1993. He now works as a consultant and media commentator on British foreign policy in the Middle East.
"An authoritative account......impressive and valuable"
The Spectator "A frank and entertaining book"
Patrick Seale "Superbly chronicled"
The Wall Street Journal"
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.Paperback
Publication Date: 22 Dec 2005
Number of Pages: 448
Illustrations: Illustrations, 1 map