Chapter 5. The Road to War in Iraq

  1. Dr Rosemary Hollis Director Visiting Professor Head

Published Online: 17 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324365.ch5

Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era

Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era

How to Cite

Hollis, R. (2010) The Road to War in Iraq, in Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324365.ch5

Author Information

  1. City University London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405102971

Online ISBN: 9781444324365



  • road to war in Iraq - what led Britain to join the United States in Iraq's 2003 invasion;
  • New Labour, policy on Iraq - that could not be redirected or abandoned;
  • friction with UN weapons inspectors (UNSCOM) - Americans and British taking responsibility for ratcheting up military pressure;
  • British policy thrust - concentrated on winning argument, at the UN;
  • Alliance politics and 9/II;
  • campaign to topple Taliban and drive al-Qaeda members - into hiding, speculation about Iraq to gain momentum;
  • Iran, new opprobrium in Washington - as a result of Karine-A episode;
  • Karine-A episode, Israel in forefront of wider battle against states - seeking weapons of mass destruction and terrorism in the name of Islam;
  • US government's military planning - proceeding apace, lacking political framework;
  • Point of Departure - Tony Blair and New Labour's determination that Britain joins US invasion of Iraq in 2003


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Containment: running out of steam

  • Sliding towards war