, Volume 86, Number 6

Tim Dunne & Klejda Mulaj
This article considers whether Iraq was simply a chapter in a longer book detailing American power and purpose in the post-9/11 world. In answering this question the article is drawn to consider conceptual debates about a shift in the international system from anarchy to hierarchy with the US as the hegemonic power. It is drawn to an understanding of a hierarchical form of ordering where the US oscillates between a hegemonic role and an imperial outlaw. Seen through this lens, the Iraq War was an intervention that happened because it could, and not because it was just or necessary.

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