Special Report: Debating the Next War

Whether in the run-up to the Libya operation or current discussions about the merits of intervening in Syria or Iran, the debate over whether or not to go to war reveals as much about the global conversation over intervention as it does about any particular case. This special report uses WPR’s coverage of recent debates over intervention to review the terms of the debate over the eternal “next war.”

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Debating an Iran Intervention

The Coming War With Iran
By Thomas P.M. Barnett
February 13, 2012

Nothing Inevitable About War With Iran
By Robert Farley
February 22, 2012

Iran’s Fading Deterrent Could Increase the Lure of Going Nuclear
By Zachary Keck
January 18, 2012

Syria, Iran and the Enduring Allure of Airpower
By Robert Farley
January 25, 2012

R2P and Libya

In Libya, Political Will Catches Up With New R2P Norm
By Thomas G. Weiss
June 28, 2011

Overreach Could Mean the End of R2P
By Daniel Larison
June 28, 2011

R2P: Liberalizing War
By Robert Jackson
June 28, 2011

Can R2P Survive the Pressures of Politics and War?
By Heather Hurlburt
June 28, 2011

R2P: The Limits of Fear
By Nikolas Gvosdev
June 28, 2011

Libya: Precedents and Lessons Learned

Initial Lessons Learned From Libyan Intervention
By Robert Farley
April 20, 2011

A Dictator’s Primer on the Libyan Intervention
By Nikolas Gvosdev
April 8, 2011

Drawing the Right Lessons on Airpower from Libya
By Robert Farley
October 26, 2011

Libya, Airpower and Executive War Powers
By Robert Farley
June 29, 2011

Making Sense of the ‘New’ U.S. Interventionism
By Nikolas Gvosdev
September 16, 2011

Libya and Syria: The BRICS Perspective

BRICs Fall Flat on UNSC Libya Vote
By Michael Cecire
March 28, 2011

By Yogesh Joshi
March 11, 2011

Civis Sinicus Sum: China’s Great Power Burdens in Libya
By Jonas Parello-Plesner
March 3, 2011

Should China Abandon its Non-Interference Policy?
By Iain Mills
February 8, 2012

Russia’s UNSC Syria Veto a Calculated Gamble
By Richard Weitz
February 7, 2012

Russia’s UNSC Defense of Syria Reflects Broader Diplomatic Weakness
By Richard Gowan
January 31, 2012

On Syria, Sovereignty Comes First for Southern Democracies
By Nikolas Gvosdev
October 7, 2011

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