Out Of Evil: New International Politics And Old Doctrines Of War

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  • Copyright: 2005-02-04
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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George Bush's "Axis of Evil" was the expression of a new rhetoric of morality in world affairs, mirroring the ideology of the president and his neoconservative policy advisors. In its fight against evil, the U.S. has economically and politically broken the Soviet Union, waged war against Afghanistan, toppled the Taliban regime, confronted Al-Qaeda, and threatened Syria, Iran, and Northern Korea. But what is this notion of "evil," which has become part of the language of international politics? What are its historical origins and its moral, political, and legal foundations? Is the fight against evil merely a new form of imperialism? In this powerful new book, Stephen Chan tackles the notion of evil in international relations and warns against its potency as a tool for policy makers. The war of ideas is closely examined and its practical and political implications---from Francis Fukuyama'sThe End of History and the Last Manto Samuel Huntington'sThe Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Orderto Robert Kagan'sOf Paradise and Power---are given close critical attention. The greatest danger in combating what is broadly defined as evil, Chan concludes, lies in a failure to grasp its nuanced nature in favor of attempts to vanquish it with unprecedented might.

Author Biography

Stephen Chan is Professor of International Relations and Dean of Law and Social Sciences at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Table of Contents

From cold war towards a new clash?p. 3
The first man and the students of Godp. 35
History's latest superpower goes to war against the firstp. 63
Other lands and the superhawksp. 92
The veil of goodp. 119
In praise of cheese-eating surrender monkeys or Washington fundamentalists vs Parisian monkeysp. 134
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