America's War on Terror

America's War on Terror

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9/11 has become more than a date. It has become a noun, an idea shaped and moulded by the media and the American political establishment and the rationale for the subsequent "War on Terror". But what are the real factors that have motivated the world's sole remaining superpower to engage in a permanent war declared on an often elusive and abstract enemy and risk the very relationships that have augmented that global status? While the tragic events of the 11th of September 2001 caused a sea-change in the perception and realities of American security interests and its ability to project a foreign policy agenda, simplistic views that the resulting "War on Terror" is merely "reactionary warfaring" no longer carry any credibility. To fully understand the direction of contemporary US foreign policy requires a detailed understanding of the complex political, historical and personal processes which influence America's new sense of itself and its view of the world.
Written by a collection of leading analysts in the field, "America's War on Terror" sheds new light on the causes of the war on terror, the domestic and foreign policy implications and the forthcoming challenges for the United States and the global community.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 13mm | 295g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0754637999
  • 9780754637998

Table of contents

Origins of the War on Terror - Debates and Issues: Osama bin Laden, radical Islam and the United States, Tom Lansford and Jack Covarrubias; The fight against terrorism in historical context - George W. Bush and the development of presidential foreign policy regimes, Neal Allen; Why Bush should explain 11 September, Kristin Andrews. US Domestic Implications: National security, budgeting, and policy priorities - the role and importance of candidate and President Bush, Michael G. Dziubinski and Steve A. Yetiv; The war on terrorism and President Bush - completing his father's legacy and defining his own place in history, John Davis; The loyal foot soldier - Vice President Cheney in the war on terror, Jack Lechelt. International Implications: The politics of the Middle East peace process and the war on terror, Vaughn Shannon; The war on terrorism and the just use of military force, Patrick Hayden; Why identify and confront the "Axis of Evil"?, Robert J. Pauly, Jr; Reframing the War on Terror - "Terrorism" in the moral discourse of humanity, Mark Evans.
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