New book examines force and legitimacy in a changing world
America’s recent wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq have raised profound questions about military force: When is its use justifiable? For what purpose? Who should make the decision on whether to go to war?
Beyond Preemption, moves this debate forward with thoughtful discussion of what these guidelines should be and how they apply in the face of today’s most pressing geopolitical challenges: terrorism, WMD proliferation, and humanitarian emergencies. Brookings senior fellow Ivo Daalder and his colleagues draw on three years of crossnational dialogue with politicians, military officials and strategists, and international lawyers in presenting specific proposals on forging a new international consensus regarding preemption and the proper use of force in today’s world.