A New Framework for Analysis
Series: Contemporary Security Studies
This book aims to reinvigorate realist international relations theory by developing a catalogue of micro-mechanisms able to explain security policy decision-making. Typically, realism discounts the role of individuals and uses states as the unit of analysis. By examining instead the mental...
Published May 29th 2013 by Routledge
Threat Inflation and US Foreign Policy Shifts
This book examines ‘national security panics‘ that led to major U.S. foreign policy shifts. A national security panic is a period when the public was gripped by a widespread fear of imminent threat from an enemy allegedly bent on the destruction of the United States, yet with hindsight, the public...
To Be Published July 9th 2014 by Routledge
The strategic use of a concept
This book examines the use of concepts – specifically ‘weapons of mass destruction’ (WMD) – in US foreign policy discourse. Current analysis of WMD definition has made headway into identifying the repercussions that the conceptual conflation of such diverse weapons – typically understood as a...
To Be Published March 19th 2014 by Routledge
From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama
The promotion of democracy by the United States became highly controversial during the presidency of George W. Bush. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were widely perceived as failed attempts at enforced democratization, sufficient that Barack Obama has felt compelled to downplay the rhetoric of...
Published April 11th 2013 by Routledge
Ending the War on Terror
This edited volume is an innovative analysis of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, security and counter-terrorism policy, specifically within the context of ending the now infamous War on Terror. The book adopts a comparative approach, analysing change and continuity in US foreign policy...
Published September 22nd 2013 by Routledge
Terrorism, Regional Security and National Interests
United States-Africa relations have experienced four major cycles. The first cycle was during the Cold War(1960-1990). During this period, the U.S. developed a one-sided relationship with various African states in which the latter served as "foot soldiers" for the U.S. in its competition with the...
Published October 23rd 2013 by Routledge
An Ideology that Made a Nation and Re-made the World
This book offers a different account of the relationship between the American identity of exceptionalism and U.S. foreign policy. Conventional wisdom suggests that a "schizophrenic" American exceptionalist identity has inspired a dichotomous foreign policy tradition that cycles between isolationism...
To Be Published February 28th 2014 by Routledge
Bill Clinton and Democratic Enlargement
The role of democracy promotion in US foreign policy has increased considerably in the last three decades, booming especially in the immediate years after the end of the Cold War. The rise of democracy promotion originates in a long historical tradition that sees exporting American political values...
To Be Published June 29th 2014 by Routledge
This book studies the debates surrounding the grand strategy of the United States following the Cold War. It assesses the strategic ideas that have been advanced to conceptualise American foreign policy, grouping these thematically under the headings of primacy, neo-isolationism and liberal...
To Be Published March 29th 2014 by Routledge
This book presents a novel analysis of how US grand strategy has evolved from the end of the Cold War to the present, offering an integrated analysis of both continuity and change. On the one hand the post-Cold War American grand strategy has continued to be oriented to what the authors argue has...
To Be Published July 29th 2014 by Routledge
This book comprehensively outlines and evaluates the key US Presidential Doctrines extending back to George Washington and concludes with the more recent doctrines of the Bush and Obama Administrations. With the term "doctrine" (re)attaining prominence in the in the early 21st Century and, more...
To Be Published November 30th 2014 by Routledge
How do emerging states become full, functioning members of the international system? In this book, Cameron G. Thies argues that new and emerging states are subject to socialization efforts by current member states, which guide them in locating their position in the international system. Thies...
Published May 14th 2013 by Routledge
Encountering the Abyss
The political philosophy of Leo Strauss has been the subject of significant scholarly and media attention in recent years, particularly in the context of the decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Allegations that a group of Strauss-inspired Neo-conservatives intervened in the foreign policy...
Published June 16th 2013 by Routledge
Religion, Identity and Human Security seeks to demonstrate that a major source of human insecurity comes from the failure of states around the world to recognize the increasing cultural diversity of their populations which has resulted from globalization. Shani begins by setting out the theoretical...
To Be Published April 17th 2014 by Routledge
Security, Strategic & Military Studies