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Rogue States and U.S. Foreign Policy: Containment after the Cold War (Woodrow Wilson Center Press)

Litwak, Robert S. {Author with Preface and Introduction By}

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ISBN 10: 0943875986 / ISBN 13: 9780943875989
Published by The Woodrow Wilson Center Press, Washington, D. C., 2000
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"The purpose of this book is not to advance any particular policy-for example, whether U.S. policy should seek to topple Saddam Hussein or simply contain him, or whether the new political alignment in Teheran warrants a change in policy toeard Iran. Rather the focus of this book is on a key premise underpinning such analysis: namely, the assertion that those countries designated as 'rogues' and outlaws' by the U.S. administration constitutre a distinct class of states in the post-Cold War international system.The central argument of this book is that rogue state designation-that is, demoniziong a disparate group of states-significantly distorts policy-making. It perpetuates the false dichotomy that sets up containment and engagement as mutually exclusive strategies." This book has 290 pages. The text contains NO internal marks whatsoever. Overall, this is a FINE copy of this MOST SCARCE title. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 065735

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Title: Rogue States and U.S. Foreign Policy: ...

Publisher: The Woodrow Wilson Center Press, Washington, D. C.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

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Edition: First Printing

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"This is a first-rate study that brings scholarly analysis to bear on a very important problem in U.S. foreign policy. Litwak's incisive critique of the use of the 'rogue' label for political 'mobilization' purposes is right on the mark." -- Alexander George, Stanford University

"Litwak's examination of U.S. policy toward 'rogue states' raises the right questions regarding a truly complex and yet very timely subject. It skillfully avoids some of the simplifications that have dominated the public discourse on this vital subject." -- Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser

President Clinton and other U.S. officials have warned that "rogue states" pose a major threat to international peace in the post-Cold War era. But what exactly is a rogue state? Does the concept foster a sound approach to foreign policy, or is it, in the end, no more than a counterproductive political epithet? Robert Litwak traces the origins and development of rogue state policy and then assesses its efficacy through detailed case studies of Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. He shows that the policy is politically selective, inhibits the ability of U.S. policymakers to adapt to changed conditions, and has been rejected by the United States' major allies. Litwak concludes that by lumping and demonizing a disparate group of countries, the rogue state approach obscures understanding and distorts policymaking. In place of a generic and constricting strategy, he argues for the development of "differentiated" strategies of containment, tailored to the particular circumstances within individual states.

About the Author:

Robert S. Litwak is director of the Division of International Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He served on the National Security Council staff as director for nonproliferation and export controls.

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