International Order and Justice
The Iraq Crisis and the World Order
This book project examines the implications of the war on Iraq and its aftermath on contemporary notions of world order. It forms a part of a broader research project based on two primary areas of interest namely:
- The effects the conflict will have on the existing UN-centered world order in general, and
- The current global regimes designed to manage weapons of mass destruction in particular.
The Iraq crisis was a multiple assault on the foundations and rules of the existing UN-centered world order. It simultaneously was a test of the UN's willingness and ability to deal with brutal dictatorships and a searching scrutiny of the nature and exercise of American power. This study focuses on the following questions:
- Does the Iraq crisis suggest a genuine challenge to a world ordered by norms and institutions?
- What may be the implications of a leadership model based on consent-cum-persuasion being displaced with a leadership by command and control?
- How these implications will affect the European search for a new world order?
- Finally, how will key countries, significant regional organizations and surviving international institutions deal with an unfamiliar post-Westphalian order of one preeminent if virtuous power?
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