<b>Weapons Inspector: UNSCOM, UNMOVIC and the Disarming of Iraq</b>

David M. Malone

in The International Struggle Over Iraq

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780199278572
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604119 | DOI:
 Weapons Inspector: UNSCOM, UNMOVIC and the Disarming of Iraq

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This chapter analyzes the disarmament of Iraq following the First Gulf War. Disarmament controlled by inspections and monitoring was the cornerstone of the vision set out for Iraq by SCR 687 in 1991. Weapons inspections were the administrative mechanism for the verification of Iraqi disarmament, with sanctions and the threat of force providing the incentive for Iraq to disarm. But for over a decade, Saddam Hussein successfully obscured the degree to which actual disarmament had been achieved, an uncertainty assessed very differently by Paris and Washington. The establishment of the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) and the UN Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) is discussed.

Keywords: UN Security Council; disarmament; First Gulf War; inspections; UNSCOM; UNMOVIC; disarmament; Saddam Hussein

Chapter.  13184 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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