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Description - The Iraq War and Democratic Politics by Alex Danchev

Invading Iraq in 2003 has proved the most deeply divisive political decision of recent times. Despite considerable domestic opposition, the strong reservations of some close allies and the United Nations, and the anger of much of the non-Western world, the US and Britain still controversially decided that they should commit their forces to toppling Saddam Hussein. The Iraq War and Democratic Politics contains the work of leading scholars concerned with the political implications of the Iraq War and its relationship to and significance for democracy. The book shuns simplistic analysis and provides a nuanced and critical overview of this key moment in global politics. Subjects covered include: The underlying moral and political issues raised by the War US foreign policy and the Middle East The fundamental dilemmas and contradictions of democratic intervention How the war was perceived in the UK, EU & US The immense challenges of creating democracy inside Iraq The influential role of NGOs such as the Iraq Body Count website The legitimacy of the war within international law The relationship between democratic government and intelligence. Drawing on specialists in the fields of political theory, international relations, international law and the politics of Iraq, this book is essential reading for all those concerned with the future of democracy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415351478
ISBN-10: 0415351472
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alex Danchev

Alex Danchev is Professor of International Relations at the University of Nottingham. His research interests include international history, diplomacy, security, and, latterly, culture. Much of his previous work has been biographical. His biography of the philosopher-statesman Oliver Franks (1993) was one of the Observer's 'Books of the Year'. His biography of the military writer Basil Liddell Hart (1998) was listed for the Whitbread Prize for Biography and the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. His unexpurgated edition of the Alanbrooke Diaries (2001, with Daniel Todman) was listed for the W. H. Smith Biography Award. John MacMillan is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Brunel University. Recent publications include Boundaries in Question: New Directions in International Relations (edited with Andrew Linklater), On Liberal Peace (1998), 'The Power of the Pen', Millennium (1998), and 'A Kantian Protest Against the Peculiar Discourse of Liberal Peace' (2001)

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