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Iraq reshuffles Europe

Charlotte Wagnsson

in Security in a Greater Europe

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780719078828
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701638 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719078828.003.0004
Iraq reshuffles Europe

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The war in Iraq of spring 2003 is a major crisis, and one that continues to affect global security dynamics. The USA invaded Iraq, using as its key argument that rogue states with links to terrorism demand forceful action. According to the 2002 version of the US National Security Strategy, the USA would defend itself not only in a reactive way, but also in a proactive way—invoking self-defence in order to act pre-emptively against terrorists. This chapter scrutinises the leaders' framing of the Iraq crisis from the build-up to the war from 1 December 2002 until its official end on 1 May 2003.

Keywords: war in Iraq; Iraq crisis; global security dynamics; USA; terrorism

Chapter.  13623 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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