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The Return of the State of War (häftad)

The Return of the State of War

A Theoretical Analysis of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Häftad Engelska, 2008-03-01
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On 18 March 2003, the United States attacked Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On 16 January 1991, the US had attacked Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. The two wars were radically different. Whereas Operation Desert Storm had been launched with the hope that a new world order might emerge, Operation Iraqi Freedom signified the return of an imperial America unilaterally resorting to preventive warfare representative of a Hobbesian conception of international politics. Why did the promise of a privileged resort to peaceful inter-state conflict resolution implied during the first Gulf War give way to the explicit triumph of the 'might-is-right' principle during the second Gulf War? Is the shift in America's foreign behaviour but a mere parenthesis or potentially the first stage of a long term process likely to undermine the currently prevailing Lockean anarchy? This book aims to answer some of these questions.
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Dario Battistella is a professor of political science and international relations. He has been Visiting Professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, the Universite Laval in Quebec, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author of a handbook of international relations theory and a dictionary of international relations concepts, both in French. (Theories des relations internationales: http://www.pressesdesciencespo.dr/livre/?GCOI=27246100415280)


contents Introduction: Operation Iraqi Freedom and the International Order 1 Part one: Towards an International Society 11 Chapter one: The Westphalian Equilibrium 15 Chapter two: The `British Concert' 33 Chapter three: The American Order 51 Part two: From Lockean to Hobbesian Anarchy 69 Chapter four: From Rivalry to Enmity 73 Chapter five: From Just War to Preventive War 90 Chapter six: From Multilateralism to Unilateralism 109 Part three: A Proto-systemic War 129 Chapter seven: Security Dilemma and Opportunistic Expansionism 133 Chapter eight: Domestic Politics and Sinister Imperialism 150 Chapter nine: Power Cycles and Hegemonic Decline 168 Conclusion: The Open Anarchy 186 Select Bibliography and Online Sources 191 Index 197