The Threat of the Use of Force in WMD Counterproliferation: Comparing the cases of Syria, Iran and North Korea.
Professor Christoph Bluth, Professor of International Relations and Security University of Bradford.
The proliferation of WMD has been conceptualized as one of the most serious threats to global security. With respect to so-called “rogue states”, such as Syria, Iran, Iraq and North Korea this threat has been articulated as particularly serious on the basis that these states cannot be trusted to safely maintain such arsenals, that their power ambitions, their defiance of international regimes and their support for terrorism as an instrument of policy means that the use of force can be justified to prevent the acquisition or the use of such arsenals. This lecture compares the cases of Syria, Iran and North Korea and uses the lessons of the Iraq war as an example of the use of force for the purpose of counterproliferation. It looks at the legal and moral justifications for the threat of or the use of force and argues that the threat analysis used to justify it is flawed and that a different approach is likely to be more appropriate and successful.
Christoph Bluth is Professor of International Relations and Security at the University of Braford. He previously held positions at the University of Leeds, the University of Reading, the University of Essex and King’s College London. He completed a PhD at King’s College London under the supervision of Sir Lawrence Freedman. He is the author of numerous books and articles on international security, focusing on nuclear weapons policy and non-proliferation.
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