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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7 The president declared the potential nexus of weapons proliferation and
terrorism as the defining criteria: "By ... while working with the International
Atomic Energy Agency and its European allies to root out nuclear weapons in a
second, and ...
The rest of the first section presents strategic alternatives. Jason D. Ellis proposes
a comprehensive counterproliferation strategy; in a world that has moved
fundamentally beyond five nuclear (and few chemical and biological) weapons
... State of the Union address on January 29, 2002, conveyed the gist of the new
U.S. defense strategy in two concise sentences: "We must prevent the terrorists
and regimes who seek chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons from threatening
The Israelis were not trying to preempt an Iraqi attack but were conducting a
preventive operation, designed to keep an Iraqi nuclear weapons capability "from
happening or existing" a number of years down the road. Regardless of the
... of what circumstances would lead the United States, Great Britain, or France
actually to contemplate the use of nuclear ... particularly as others are
considering the acquisition or the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)?
The current ...
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