Reshaping Rogue States: Preemption, Regime Change, and US Policy toward Iran, Iraq, and North Korea
Alexander T.J. Lennon, Camille Eiss
MIT Press, Jul 9, 2004 - Political Science - 392 pages
An analysis of the policies of preemption and regime change as well as an examination of US policy options for dealing with each country in the "axis of evil."
In January 2002, President George W. Bush declared Iran, Iraq, and North Korea constituents of an "axis of evil." US strategy toward each of these countries has clearly varied since, yet similar issues and policy options have emerged for US relations with all three. Reshaping Rogue States seeks to improve our understanding of Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as well as of current and future policy options to combat the threats these nations pose. The book's comprehensive analysis of preemption and regime change debates the circumstances under which each policy might be justified or legal under international law. Prominent strategists and policymakers consider alternatives to preemption—including prevention, counterproliferation, and cooperative security—and draw conclusions from efforts to bring about regime change in the past. Reshaping Rogue States also reviews the differing policy challenges presented by each so-called axis member. Specifically, it considers how the United States might strike a balance with North Korea through multilateral negotiations; the changes within Iran that call for changes in US policy; and the dilemmas the United States faces in post-Saddam Iraq, including continuing insurgency, instability, and the feasibility of democracy.
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4 (Autumn 2003); David Shambaugh, "China and the Korean Peninsula: Playing
for the Long Term," TWQ 26, No. 2 (Spring 2003); Derek J. Mitchell, "A Blueprint
for U.S. Policy toward a Unified Korea," TWQ 26, No. 1 (Winter 2003); Victor D.
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David Shambaugh 187 A Blueprint for U.S. Policy toward a Unified Korea • Derek
David Shambaugh then elucidates the driving forces behind China's strategy
toward North Korean nuclear advancements, arguing that halting North Korea's
nuclear program is not the ultimate end that China hopes to achieve. Rather,
Under certain circumstances, such an option might prove tempting for a country
such as Saudi Arabia, which already possesses large medium-range Chinese
CSS-2 rockets. Although this idea is currently speculative, such a scenario could
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