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Why Containment Works: Power, Proliferation, and Preventive War

Wallace J. Thies


This book examines the conduct of American foreign policy during and after the Cold War through the lens of applied policy analysis. The book argues that the Bush Doctrine after 2002 was a theory of victory. The book contrasts prescriptions derived from the Bush Doctrine with an alternative theory of victory, one based on containment and deterrence, which US presidents employed for much of the Cold War period. There are, the book suggests, multiple reasons for believing that containment was working well against Saddam Hussein's Iraq after the first Gulf War and that there was no need to invade ... More

Keywords: American foreign policy, Cold War, Bush Doctrine, containment policy, Iraq, Gulf War, Saddam Hussein, deterrence, Libya, Iran

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501749483
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749483.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wallace J. Thies, author
Catholic University of America