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Syria and the chemical weapons taboo : Exploiting the Forbidden (Paperback) (Michelle Bentley)
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This book analyses the Syria crisis and the role of chemical weapons, in relation to US foreign policy. The Syrian government's use of chemical weapons and their subsequent elimination would dominate the US' response to the conflict, where these are viewed as particularly horrific arms - a repulsion known as the chemical taboo. On the surface, this would seem to be an appropriate reaction: these are nasty weapons and eradicating them would ostensibly comprise a 'good' move. But this book reveals two new aspects of the taboo that challenge this prevailing view. First, actors use the taboo strategically to advance their own self-interested policy objectives. Second, that applying the taboo to Syria has actually exacerbated the crisis. As such, this book not only provides a timely analysis of Syria, but also a major and original rethink of the chemical taboo, as well as international norms more widely.
Number of Pages: 179
Genre: Political Science
Series Title: New Approaches to Conflict Analysis
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
Author: Michelle Bentley
Street Date: November 16, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-30-3936
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