Given some of the recent discussion on the Duck about the use of force in the Arabian Gulf, I thought I’d point out something interesting from the recent TRIP survey of international relations scholars. It turns out that between 60 and 90 percent of IR scholars surveyed simply reject the U.S. use of force in five hot-button regions. Asked “Would you approve or disapprove of the use of U.S. military forces in the following situations?”, scholars responded:
- War between North and South Sudan: 84.6% disapprove.
- If it were certain that Iran had produced a nuclear weapon: 79.9% disapprove
- If extremists were poised to take over Pakistan: 63.3% disapprove
- To support democratic transition in Syria: 78.6% disapprove
- To support democratic transition in Yemen: 84.4% disapprove