Reappraising the Iran-Iraq War Thirty Years Later

On 23-24 September 2010 the LSE International History Department, LSE IDEAS, and LSE Global Governance hosted a conference in London. 


Most of the recent scholarship on the Iran-Iraq War has either focused on the war itself or specific issues such as Iraq's use of chemical weapons and the Kurdish genocide. By contrast, relatively little has been written on important issues including: American, Soviet, European or Arab policies towards the war; the role played by third-party mediators such as the Islamic Conference, the Arab League, and the United Nations in ending the war; the international arms trade and the war; the treatment of prisoners-of-war; and the role of opposition groups like the KDP, PUK, Mujahedin e-Khalq, SAIRI, and the Islamic Dawa Party. How have perceptions of the Iran-Iraq War changed in the thirty years that have passed since the war began? Who were the war's victors: Iraq, Iran, Israel, the Gulf States, or even the United States? How has the war affected the regional dynamics of the Persian Gulf?


The conference addressed these gaps in the current scholarly understanding of the subject and brought together policy practitioners, leading academics, and promising young scholars who are working on the various aspects of the Iran-Iraq War. Papers submitted to and accepted by the conference will subsequently be published in an edited volume.


The papers for this conference are available from a password-protected page|.


Conference Programme|