The Confrontation between Iraq and the US: Implications for the Theory and Practice of Deterrence

  title={The Confrontation between Iraq and the US: Implications for the Theory and Practice of Deterrence},
  author={Robert L. Jervis},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  pages={315 - 337}
  • R. Jervis
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • Political Science
  • European Journal of International Relations
The American confrontation with Iraq poses important questions for scholarship as well as policy, and many of these involve whether various forms of deterrence can be effective. Our theories in this area tend to be simultaneously descriptive and prescriptive, which complicates analysis of policies with which we disagree. The Bush administration's policy is driven in large measure by the belief that deterrence against a nuclear-armed Iraq would fail. This implies that Iraq could deter American… 
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