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Three decades on, here’s what we’ve learned about the effectiveness of UN weapons inspections in Iraq

Henrietta Wilson, SOAS, University of London and Dan Plesch, SOAS, University of London After the end of the first Gulf War in April 1991, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) set up processes to oversee the elimination of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. Over the next decade, weapons inspectors demonstrated that – while difficult – internationally verified disarmament is technically …

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