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America's gunboat diplomacy risks war

Experts question 'peace through strength' policy in Middle East

The United States has deployed a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Middle East, citing threats from Iran. This has alarmed policy circles in Washington who fear that an increasingly toe-to-toe confrontation with Iran could well lead to a miscalculation.

Larger questions loom, however, over the Trump administration's particular brand of "peace through strength" - or what some analysts are calling "coercive" diplomacy - and its inherent risks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 08, 2019, with the headline 'America's gunboat diplomacy risks war'. Print Edition | Subscribe