The fifteen years' crisis, Iraq 1988-2003 : a study of foreign policy Elite norms as an analytical lens on decision-making
Explanations of the foreign policy behaviour of the United States in respect of Iraq in 2003 overwhelmingly centre on what Kenneth Waltz referred to as the ‘first image' level of analysis. According to this reasoning, the George W. Bush Administration exhibited unique qualities that, if absent, would have avoided war. This conceptualisation of the events of 2003, however, fails to acknowledge the incremental and consistent development of Iraq as a perceived threat to US interests over...[Show more]
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