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Published: 01 January 2017

208 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9781526104717

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Syria and the Chemical Weapons Taboo

Exploiting the Forbidden

Michelle Bentley

Published by Manchester University Press

New Approaches to Conflict Analysis MUP

  • Provides a timely and original analysis of the Syria crisis and the role of chemical weapons, explicitly in relation to US foreign policy
  • Challenges existing understanding of international norms to argue that actors use taboos in strategic ways
  • Challenges the idea that the chemical weapons taboo is 'good', to demonstrate this is actually highly detrimental and can even exacerbate conflict
  • Develops a new interdisciplinary approach combing IR theory with the work of political theorist Quentin Skinner

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