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US Foreign Policy and the Iraq War. An empirical study of realism?

Hansen, Camilla (2005)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This BA-thesis examines whether realism can be empirically tested on the Iraq war in 2003. I am inspired by Mearsheimer's offensive realism, which holds that all states are aggressive because of the structure of international politics. Realism has a lot of theories about power, which I examine extensively and then apply empirically. Realism states that there are two strategies for a states? survival. One for gaining power, and one for checking aggressors. The Iraq war can be analysed as a way for the US to gain power, or as a way of checking Saddam Hussein as an aggressor. I analyse the American foreign policy using offensive realism, which holds that all states want to become hegemons. I analyse how realist theory predicts that the US... (More)
This BA-thesis examines whether realism can be empirically tested on the Iraq war in 2003. I am inspired by Mearsheimer's offensive realism, which holds that all states are aggressive because of the structure of international politics. Realism has a lot of theories about power, which I examine extensively and then apply empirically. Realism states that there are two strategies for a states? survival. One for gaining power, and one for checking aggressors. The Iraq war can be analysed as a way for the US to gain power, or as a way of checking Saddam Hussein as an aggressor. I analyse the American foreign policy using offensive realism, which holds that all states want to become hegemons. I analyse how realist theory predicts that the US should behave as a state, and compare this with the empirical evidence. I also analyse the behaviour of Saddam Hussein using realist theory, which holds that all state leaders are rational. (Less)
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author
Hansen, Camilla
supervisor
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year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
Realism, the 2003 Iraq War, Hegemony, Power, Geopolitics, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1330708
date added to LUP
2005-06-20 00:00:00
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2005-06-20 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {This BA-thesis examines whether realism can be empirically tested on the Iraq war in 2003. I am inspired by Mearsheimer's offensive realism, which holds that all states are aggressive because of the structure of international politics. Realism has a lot of theories about power, which I examine extensively and then apply empirically. Realism states that there are two strategies for a states? survival. One for gaining power, and one for checking aggressors. The Iraq war can be analysed as a way for the US to gain power, or as a way of checking Saddam Hussein as an aggressor. I analyse the American foreign policy using offensive realism, which holds that all states want to become hegemons. I analyse how realist theory predicts that the US should behave as a state, and compare this with the empirical evidence. I also analyse the behaviour of Saddam Hussein using realist theory, which holds that all state leaders are rational.},
  author       = {Hansen, Camilla},
  keyword      = {Realism,the 2003 Iraq War,Hegemony,Power,Geopolitics,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {US Foreign Policy and the Iraq War. An empirical study of realism?},
  year         = {2005},
}