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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The Clinton Department of State's official change in the political lexicon from "
rogue states" to "states of concern" in 2000 was the most significant shift as it
marked a conscious effort to move away from the ineffective one-size-fits-all
... the U.S. experience in Iran in 1953 for U.S. efforts toward changing regimes
today, particularly in Iraq. Among other lessons, Rubin warns that the real danger
may lie not in the U.S. role in initially changing the regime but rather in a ...
Shahram Chubin and Robert S. Litwak propose moving the debate on Iran's
nuclear developments beyond international nonproliferation efforts to include
leveraging nuclear politics within Iran, specifically Reshaping Rogue States I
tional nonproliferation efforts to include leveraging nuclear politics within Iran,
specifically calling for ways to generate real debate among the Iranian public
about the state's nuclear future. Both Ali M. Ansari and Mahmood Sariolghalam
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