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Syria and the Chemical Weapons Taboo: Exploiting the Forbidden

Michelle Bentley


This book analyses the Syria crisis and the role of chemical weapons, in relation to US foreign policy. The Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons and their subsequent elimination would dominate the US’ response to the conflict, where these are viewed as particularly horrific arms – a repulsion known as the chemical taboo. On the surface, this would seem an appropriate reaction: these are vile and intolerable weapons, and eradicating them would ostensibly comprise a ‘good’ move. But this book reveals two new aspects of the taboo that challenge this view. First, actors employ the taboo str ... More

Keywords: Syria, Chemical weapons, Taboo, US foreign policy, Obama, Strategic narratives, Quentin Skinner

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781526104717
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526104717.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle Bentley, author
Royal Holloway, University of London

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