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What People are Saying

“So-called rogue states are the subject of a great deal of fuzzy thinking in U.S. foreign policy decision making, and Litwak sets out to promote a more nuanced and sophisticated foreign policy strategy.… In addition to the excellent analytical framework, Litwak provides three detailed case studies—Iraq, Iran, and North Korea.… This book is a must read for analysts, policy makers, and students.”—James M. Goldgeier, Political Science Quarterly

“Litwak’s conclusions about the dichotomous nature of the American foreign policy debate have important implications for the conduct of American foreign policy.”—Jean A. Garrison, Journal of Politics

“A thoughtful and important contribution.”—Virginia Quarterly Review

“A careful and thorough account.”—Gordon L. Shull, Perspectives on Political Science

“Fortunately, this sensible book (which should be required reading for all Foreign Service personnel and U.S. policymakers) constitutes a good ‘prism’ in its own right for examining the flaws of current U.S. policy, and offers a better framework for the future.”—Harry C. Blaney III, Foreign Service Journal

“[A] thoughtful critique of US foreign policy.… well researched and structured.”—Choice

“This is a first-rate study that brings scholarly analysis to bear on a very important problem in U.S. foreign policy. Litwak’s incisive critique of the use of the ‘rogue’ label for political ‘mobilization’ purposes is right on the mark.”—Alexander George, Stanford University

“Litwak’s examination of U.S. policy toward ‘rogue states’ raises the right questions regarding a truly complex and yet very timely subject. It skillfully avoids some of the simplifications that have dominated the public discourse on this vital subject.”—Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser

Chapter List


1. The Post-Cold War Context

2. U.S. Strategy toward Rogue States (1): Origins and Development

3. U.S. Strategy toward Rogue States (2): Assessment and Alternatives


4. Iraq: Containing Saddam Hussein after the Gulf War

5. Iran: Revolutionary State or Ready to Rejoin the “Family of Nations”?

6. North Korea: Limited Engagement by Necessity


About Woodrow Wilson Center Press

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