Nuclear and Rogue: Rethinking US Strategy Toward North Korea and Iran
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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The US views North Koran and Iran as rogue states which either possess or seek nuclear weapons. To combat this combined threat, the US adopted a strategy aimed at achieving two objectives simultaneously 1 altering the behavior of these nations, bringing them into compliance with international norms, and 2 preventing or disarming their nuclear programs. These conflated goals, which the US continues to strive toward today, are overly ambitious. They have led to a hard power strategy that has proven not only ineffective, but counterproductive, pushing nations toward nuclearization and undermining soft power tactics. Instead of seeking these two objectives as though they are one, the US should focus first on the most urgent objective of non-proliferation and pursue a strategy that balances hard and soft power to achieve it.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics