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Published: 07 November 2013

290 Pages


ISBN: 9780199686957

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The Politics of Justifying Force

The Suez Crisis, the Iraq War, and International Law

Charlotte Peevers

  • Challenges the idea that the need to legally justify military action will necessarily constrain government and result in fewer instances of military intervention
  • Presents an original argument demonstrating that how the language of international law is publicly and privately used, as much as its actual content, shapes its impact on domestic politics
  • Addresses the influence of the media in the formation of public opinion on the legality of potential engagement of British military forces
  • Provides an innovative analysis of two key case studies to illuminate the public debate surrounding the use of force: the 1956 Suez Crisis and the 2003 Iraq War