US policy toward rogue states: Comparing the Bush administration's policy toward Iraq and North Korea

Kim,J and Hundt,D 2011, US policy toward rogue states: Comparing the Bush administration's policy toward Iraq and North Korea, Asian Perspective, vol. 35, no. 2, April-June, pp. 239-257.

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Title US policy toward rogue states: Comparing the Bush administration's policy toward Iraq and North Korea
Author(s) Kim,J
Hundt,DORCID iD for Hundt,D
Journal name Asian Perspective
Volume number 35
Issue number 2
Season April-June
Start page 239
End page 257
Total pages 19
Publisher Lynne Rienner Publishers
Place of publication Boulder, Colo.
Publication date 2011-04
ISSN 0258-9184
Keyword(s) George W. Bush administration
North Korea
Rogue states
US foreign policy
Social Sciences
International Relations
Summary The George W. Bush administration resorted to war to respond to the threat of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, whereas it virtually ruled out the use of force to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue. By utilizing various strands of realist international relations theories, we trace motivations behind the administration's divergent foreign-policy choices toward rogue states. That the United States rushed to war against Iraq while procrastinating on North Korea presents a puzzle to conventional realism, which postulates that great powers observe changes in relative capabilities and respond accordingly. We argue that policy differences should be embedded in discussion of the administration's foreign-policy grand strategy, which sought to sustain the hegemonic status of the United States in the world. Iraq and North Korea had different implications for Bush's grand strategy, thereby calling for different approaches. By tracing the strategic design of the Bush administration, we attempt to provide a more complete account of policy differences toward rogue states, as well as indicate the significant changes in US policy during the George W. Bush administration and since.
Language eng
Field of Research 160603 Comparative Government and Politics
160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Lynne Rienner Publishers
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