Syria and the Chemical Weapons Taboo: Exploiting the Forbidden (New Approaches to Conflict Analysis) (Paperback)

Syria and the Chemical Weapons Taboo: Exploiting the Forbidden (New Approaches to Conflict Analysis) By Michelle Bentley, Emmanuel Pierre Guittet (Editor), Peter Lawler (Editor) Cover Image
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This book analyses the Syria crisis and the role of chemical weapons, in relation to US foreign policy. The Syrian government's use of chemical weapons and their subsequent elimination would dominate the US' response to the conflict, where these are viewed as particularly horrific arms - a repulsion known as the chemical taboo. On the surface, this would seem to be an appropriate reaction: these are nasty weapons and eradicating them would ostensibly comprise a 'good' move. But this book reveals two new aspects of the taboo that challenge this prevailing view. First, actors use the taboo strategically to advance their own self-interested policy objectives. Second, that applying the taboo to Syria has actually exacerbated the crisis. As such, this book not only provides a timely analysis of Syria, but also a major and original rethink of the chemical taboo, as well as international norms more widely.

About the Author


Michelle Bentley is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London


Product Details
ISBN: 9781526104724
ISBN-10: 1526104725
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: August 25th, 2016
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: New Approaches to Conflict Analysis