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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United States — Foreign relations — 2001- 2. Preemptive attack (Military science
) 3. Intervention (International law) 4. United States — Foreign relations — Iran. 5.
Iran — Foreign relations — United States. 6. United States — Foreign relations ...
... strictly boiled down to preemption — in turn, tied to the concept of imminent
threat — then the new U.S. national security strategy would not necessarily
involve upsetting basic principles governing the use offorce in international
Under Article 2(4) of the charter, states were to "refrain in their international
relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political
independence of any State or in any other manner inconsistent with the ...
... they have consented to a specific rule that restricts their behavior. As the
Permanent Court of International Justice, the predecessor of the current ICJ,
noted in the Lotus case: International law governs relations between
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