Reshaping Rogue States: Preemption, Regime Change, and U.S. Policy Toward Iran, Iraq, and North Korea

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Alexander T. J. Lennon, Camille Eiss
MIT Press, 2004 - Political Science - 371 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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About the author (2004)

ANTHONY McCALL is an artist, and designer, who lives and works in NewYork. His film Line Describing A Cone was shown in the WhitneyMuseum's exhibition Into the Light: The Projected Image in American Art1964--1977. His talk about the film and others in the series, givenduring the exhibition, was published in October 103.

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