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ID number:496040
Published: 08.12.2016.
Language: English
Level: College/University
Literature: 18 units
References: Not used
Time period viewed: 2011.g. - 2014.g.

In this research paper we analyzed the Iraq war through two different perspectives: Liberalism, Realism. Even though it can be seen through the history of Iraq that it was quite an unstable state with wide range of conflicts within and even could be seen by the US as a potential threat, non of the analyzed perspectives provides stable arguments why the war occured.

The Iraq war finds some arguments which verify the necessity of the invasion of Iraq, in such theories as Liberalism and Realism. The intensions to safe the world from Hussein’s nuclear weapons as well as establishing democracy in Iraq can be considered quite liberal but the resistance to work with the UN and acting unilaterally cannot. The same problem arises when analyzing the war through realist pespective – it does explain the general idea why the US went to war (maintaining reputation and power) but there still is a lot of place for criticism as Iraq cannot be considered as threatening to the hegemon as it was made to seem. So these two theories only partially explain the concept and motives of the Iraq war, also providing counterarguments.
Summarizing everything written above, the Iraq war can be considered as an awful micalculation of the US while running after power and reputation. There was no actual, objective reason to start the war as well as no actual plan on how to conduct this war which therefore, so to say, undermined the US status on the international arena and also partially caused problems which now have to be dealt with (for example, ISIS and the chaotic situation in Iraq).

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