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Bryan Gibson

Bryan_GibsonBryan Gibson was the Pinto Post-Doctoral Fellow at LSE IDEAS for the academic year 2013/14.

Bryan is a diplomatic historian, who completed his PhD thesis, entitled, ‘U.S. Foreign Policy, Iraq, and the Cold War, 1958-75,’ at the LSE’s International History Department. It examines how from Eisenhower to Ford, U.S. policy toward Iraq was designed to thwart the Soviet Union’s efforts to achieve and maintain influence. Based on documents and interview, it reveals that the U.S. engaged in a series of covert actions in Iraq in 1958-59, 1962-63, and 1972-75.

He holds a MA and BA (Honours) in History and a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

He has taught courses on Arab Nationalism, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and American and British policy toward the Gulf region at the London School of Economics (LSE), and lectured in Middle Eastern politics at the University of East Anglia (UEA). His research focuses on foreign policy decision-making with respect to the Middle East and Gulf regions. Specifically, he analyses U.S. foreign policy toward Iraq, Iran, and the Gulf.

He is the author of Covert Relationship: U.S. Foreign Policy, Intelligence and the Iran-Iraq War (Praeger, 2010) and co-edited with Professor Nigel Ashton, The Iran-Iraq War: New International Perspectives. He is preparing to publish scholarly articles on U.S. policy toward the Iran-Iraq War; U.S.-Kurdish relations during the Cold War; Israeli-Kurdish relations; and on Canada’s foreign policy toward Iran. He is also seeking a British Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) research grant to conduct a major oral history project on the Iran-Iraq War.