The war against Iraq and international order: From Bull to Bush

Galia Press-Barnathan*

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This essay has two goals: (1) to examine US foreign policy leading to the war in Iraq through the lens of Bull's (1977) classic book, The Anarchical Society, and (2) to explore in a unipolar, hegemonic system the relevance and power of the institutional mechanisms that are supposed to preserve international society according to Bull. It also addresses the implications of the events from September 11, 2001, through the war in Iraq for the ongoing debate within the Grotian school regarding the limits of international society and the international society-world society divide.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)195-212
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Studies Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2004


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