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America's War on Terror: The State of the 9/11 Exception from Bush to Obama

Jason Ralph


Following 9/11 the United States faced a situation of exceptional insecurity. In that period the Bush administration argued that certain international norms did not apply to US conduct. Its argument was underpinned by the claim that the United States was in a state of armed conflict or ‘war’ with ‘a new kind of enemy’. The purpose of this book is to examine whether this approach outlasted the moment of insecurity that gave rise to it. More than a decade on from those attacks, and following a change of administration, what influence do these arguments have on American policy? To answer this que ... More

Keywords: exceptionalism, war on terror, liberal internationalism, use of force, detention, guantanamo bay, military commissions, interrogation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199652358
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Ralph, author
Professor of International Relations, University of Leeds, United Kingdom