Operation Iraqi Freedom: A prudent action by a responsible great power?

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Abstract

This article conducts a normative evaluation of Operation Iraqi Freedom undertaken in 2003 by employing principles of prudence to enquire whether the use of force could be described as an action by a responsible great power. Along with relating the principles of prudence to the concept of great power responsibility, it highlights two pillars of prudent decision-making: circumspection and awareness of one's limits. This normative framework is then utilised to evaluate the invasion of Iraq from the perspective of these specific aspects of prudence. The conclusion shows that on the basis of this normative yardstick, it is not possible to classify Operation Iraqi Freedom as a prudent action by a responsible great power.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-321
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Global Ethics
Volume6
Issue number3
Early online date6 Dec 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

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