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“Regime Change”

Jan Narveson

in A Matter of Principle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520244863.003.0004
“Regime Change”

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This chapter focuses on the question of when and whether regime change per se is a reasonable justification of military intervention. It then sets down a list of five conditions that must be met for the category of regime change to be an acceptable and its application to the war in Iraq: the new regime must be better than the regime it replaced, it must be a liberal regime that guarantees its citizens freedoms, the costs imposed on the invaded state must somehow be acceptable to its people and the costs to the invading state must in turn be acceptable to its people, the objective must be worth it to the invading state and to a just world, and lastly, there must be a reasonable prospect of success for the new regime.

Keywords: regime change; military intervention; Iraq war; liberal regime; invading state

Chapter.  8225 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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