Sanctions on Iraq:
background, consequences & strategies


Conference proceedings

Printed Copies & Online version

On 13 - 14 November 1999, CASI hosted an international conference on the sanctions on Iraq. Leading policy makers, civil servants, aid workers, public health experts, security analysts, historians, anthropologists, activists and Iraqi expatriates delivered expert, often impassioned, papers on Iraq's history. This 230 page book is a transcription of that event. A unique document on one of the worst humanitarian crises of the modern age, it offers vital information for policy makers, academics, activists, humanitarians, and any reader concerned about the fate of Iraqis and the actions of Western powers in the Middle East.

The conference proceedings are published in a 230 page paperback book. Copies can be ordered from CASI for just £3 per copy within the UK and £6 ($9) elsewhere. These prices include postage and packing. Cheques should be made payable to "Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq" and can be sent to "CASI, c/o Seb Wills, Clare College, Cambridge CB2 1TL, UK". If you prefer to pay by credit card, you can make a donation of at least $6 (UK delivery) or $10 (elsewhere) and send an email to to let us know you would like it to be counted as payment for a book. Please allow up to 28 days for delivery.

You can also view the entire book online in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format (1Mb). If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, you can get it here for free.

The book features::

  • Prof. Richard Garfield of Columbia University, a specialist in the effects of sanctions on civilian populations:  "It is the only instance of a sustained increase in mortality in a stable population of more than 2 million in the last 200 years."
  • Ivor Lucas, a former head of the Middle East Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: "But after eight years, I think they [the UN sanctions] have become bankrupt and counterproductive.  Within Iraq they show every sign of strengthening rather than weakening Saddam's position."
  • Dr Doug Rokke, a former Pentagon depleted uranium expert: "Information on depleted uranium did not come from the Iraqis, did not come from a foreign government, but the hazards, the known problems and the warnings came from the United States Army's own team assigned to clean it up in Iraq. ... What we found can be explained in three words: OH MY GOD."
  • Felicity Arbuthnot, a free-lance journalist: "I am absolutely convinced that when history is written with truth, then this embargo on Iraq will go down with the firebombing of Dresden, with the Holocaust and with Hiroshima."
  • Also George Joffé from the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Rita Bhatia and Andrea Ledward from Save the Children Fund UK, Prof. Hugh Macdonald from the University of East Anglia, Nikki van der Gaag, editor of the New Internationalist magazine, Milan Rai of Voices in the Wilderness UK, Chris Doyle from the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, Harriet Griffin from Oxford University, Dr Emad Salman of the Iraqi Community Association, Dr Nadje Al-Ali from the University of Sussex and Dr Eric Herring at the University of Bristol. Official statements of British and French policy are also included.
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Sanctions on Iraq: background, consequences, strategies (2000).
Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq.
ISBN 1-903488-22-2. Paperback, 230 pages

The Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq (CASI), is a registered society at the University of Cambridge. The society has an exclusively humanitarian focus, does not support the Iraqi regime and is not opposed to military sanctions on Iraq. The views of speakers are not necessarily the views of CASI and vice versa.

Last updated: 27-April-2002