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Outlier States: American Strategies to Change, Contain, or Engage Regimes Robert S. Litwak

Outlier States: American Strategies to Change, Contain, or Engage Regimes

Robert S. Litwak

Published June 4th 2012
ISBN : 9781421408118
Hardcover
256 pages
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In the Bush era Iran and North Korea were branded rogue states for their flouting of international norms, and changing their regimes was the administration’s goal. The Obama administration has chosen instead to call the countries nuclear outliersMoreIn the Bush era Iran and North Korea were branded rogue states for their flouting of international norms, and changing their regimes was the administration’s goal. The Obama administration has chosen instead to call the countries nuclear outliers and has proposed means other than regime change to bring them back into the community of nations. Outlier States, the successor to Litwak’s influential Regime Change: U.S. Strategy through the Prism of 9/11 (2007), explores this significant policy adjustment and raises questions about its feasibility and its possible consequences.Do international norms apply only to states’ external behavior, as it might relate, for example, to nuclear proliferation and terrorism, or do they matter no less for states’ internal behavior, as it might affect a population’s human rights? What is the appropriate role for the United States in the process of reintegration? America’s military power remains unmatched, but can the nation any longer shape singlehandedly an increasingly multi-polar international system? What do the precedents set in Iraq and Libya teach us about how current outliers can be integrated into the international community? And perhaps most important, how should the United States respond if outlier regimes eschew integration as a threat to their survival and continue to augment their nuclear capabilities?