Mutual Assured Safety
In August 1990 Iraq suddenly invaded its neighbour, Kuwait. The United States found itself leading a broad-based coalition, sponsored by the United Nations in order to reverse the aggression. After sanctions and diplomacy had failed, armed force succeeded in Operation Desert Storm of early 1991. The timing and the character of this crisis meant that the ‘new world order’ proclaimed by President George H.W. Bush in September 1990 was influenced by old thinking.