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IPS releases report on U.S. arm-twisting over Iraq war

Institute for Policy Studies, 26 February 2003

February 26, 2003
Contact: Sarah Anderson
tel: 202/234-9382x227
Email: saraha@igc.org

(Washington, DC, February 26, 2003). As U.S. officials intensify their arm-twisting offensive to gather support for a war on Iraq, the Institute for Policy Studies is releasing a new study today that examines the specific levers of U.S. military, economic, and political power.

The study, entitled Coalition of the Willing or Coalition of the Coerced?, looks at how this leverage applies to each current member of the UN Security Council. It also analyzes the power the U.S. government exerts over the broader group of countries that the Bush Administration has dubbed the Coalition of the Willing. Although the Administration refuses to release a list of the members of this coalition, the authors compiled a list of 34 nations cited in press reports as supporters of the U.S. position on Iraq.

Major findings:

The authors of the 13-page study include: IPS UN and Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis, IPS Director John Cavanagh, and IPS Fellow Sarah Anderson. According to Bennis, It's hardly a new phenomenon for the U.S. to use bribes and threats to get its way in the UN. What's new this time around is the breathtaking scale of those pressures—because this time around, global public opinion has weighed in, and every government leaning Washington's way faces massive opposition at home.