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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Also arguing the need for clearly distinguishing between the two, Freedman
advocates an updated notion of prevention, not preemption or deterrence, as an
effective strategy to deal with threats as they develop rather than after it is too late
... maintaining that arguments to the contrary are either misinformed about
historical precedent and doctrine or are employed as pseudolegalistic assertions
to object to a war opposed for other reasons. In the end, they argue, what matters
is to ...
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,
Not only do these Middle Eastern countries find U.S. plans and especially U.S.
rhetoric deeply troubling, he argues they also have the means to keep them from
coming to pass. The various chapters of Reshaping Rogue States by no means ...
Although traditional international law required there to be "an imminent danger of
attack" before preemption would be permissible, the administration argues in its
2002 National Security Strategy (NSS) that the United States "must adapt the ...
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