North Korea and Iran’s nuclear programs: A misleading analogy? There are many similarities between t

“States like these [North Korea, Iran and Iraq], and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.” This phrase, from the 2002 State of the Union Address by George W. Bush, encapsulated the essence of the doctrine that the U.S. President had put at the center of his new national security strategy. In that framework, the proliferation challenge and the threat from “rogue states” became the justification for the turn in the country’s foreign policy. The assumption was that in order to avoid the perils posed by undeterred and irrational regimes eager to satisfy their nuclear ambitions a new approach, based on “preemption (rather than deterrence),

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