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dc.contributor.author Wheeler, Nicholas
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-29T13:41:34Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-29T13:41:34Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation Wheeler , N 2003 , ' The Bush Doctrine: American exceptionalism in a revolutionary age ' Asian Perspective , vol 27 , no. 4 , pp. 183-216 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1535-8283
dc.identifier.other PURE: 100218
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1980
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1980
dc.identifier.uri http://www.asianperspective.org/articles/v27n4-g.pdf en
dc.description Wheeler, Nicholas, (2003) 'The Bush Doctrine: American exceptionalism in a revolutionary age', Asian Perspective 27 (4), pp 183-216 en
dc.description.abstract This article considers whether the Bush Doctrine seeks to establish a new rule for the preventitive use of force against states and terrorist groups armed with weapons of mass destruction. Alternatively, does the Doctrine aim to carve out an exceptional right of intervention that is restricted to America alone? After emphasizing the dangers of changing the general rules on the use of force, I argue that the Bush Doctrine is not seeking such a modification. Instead, the new strategy should be viewed in the context of American exceptionalism. This has two sources: the long-standing belief of successive American governments that is a carrier of universal values, which the United States has a historic responsibility to protect: and the administration's belief that the United States is uniquely threatened after 9/11, and thus is justified in exempting itself from the ordinary legal rules. The article highlights the dangers of this type of thinking. It also considers whether it is possible to ameliorate U.S. unilateralism by devising new collective approaches to the threat posed by the spread of weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups. en
dc.format.extent 34 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Asian Perspective en
dc.subject Bush Doctrine en
dc.subject international order en
dc.subject weapons of mass destruction en
dc.subject sovereignty en
dc.subject American exceptionalism en
dc.title The Bush Doctrine: American exceptionalism in a revolutionary age en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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