When president george w bush launched an invasion of iraq in march of 2003 he did so without the explicit approval of the security council his fathers administration by contrast carefully funneled statecraft through the united nations and achieved council authorization for the us led gulf war in 1991. 5 53 70 jingumae shibuya ku tokyo 150 8925 japan tel 81 3 5467 1212 fax 81 3 3499 2828 designed and developed by the unu office of communications. Eiu political science review baumiller 1 book review channels of power the un security council and us statecraft in iraq alexander thompsons information transmission theory. Iraqs invasion of kuwait in august of 1990 triggered a two decade confrontation with the united states entailing various tools of statecraft including repeated efforts at diplomacy economic sanctions coercive weapons inspections frequent bombing and two wars. Channels of power the un security council and us statecraft in iraq carefully funneled statecraft through the united nations and achieved council authorization for the us led gulf war in 1991 following the sound defeat of iraq by a military coalition led by the united states and backed by the united nations the security council
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