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 11 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.

Features include:
· Four specifically designed sections analyzing the origins and the implications of the War on Terror for the United States and the broader global community.
· Historical background on the US relationship with militant Islamic extremism and the contemporary policy choices of the United States.
· Wide-ranging and diverse perspectives presented by a varied collection of contributors.
· A wealth of new original studies providing the analytical means with which to understand both the factors behind the attacks and the nation's response to them.

This engaging volume will be essential reading for all those seeking to understand the background to the War on Terror, contemporary US foreign policy, security, Islamic terrorism and international relations.

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
Appendix
Bibliography
Index.


About the Author:
About the Editors: Patrick Hayden is Lecturer in Political Theory at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Tom Lansford, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Southern Mississippi, USA and Robert P. Watson, Associate Professor of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754637974
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
Foreword
1 Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam and the United States 3
2 The Fight Against Terrorism in Historical Context: George W. Bush and the Development of Presidential Foreign Policy Regimes 19
3 Why Bush Should Explain 11 September 29
4 National security, Budgeting, and Policy Priorities: The Role and Importance of Candidate and President Bush 43
5 The War on Terrorism and President Bush: Completing His Father's Legacy and Defining His Own Place in History 54
6 The Loyal Foot Soldier: Vice President Cheney in the War on Terror 64
7 The Politics of the Middle East Peace and the War on Terror 79
8 The War on Terrorism and the Just Use of Military Force 105
9 Why Identify and Confront the 'Axis of Evil'? 122
10 'Terrorism' in the Moral Discourse of Humanity 135
App. A 153
App. B 154
Select Bibliography 161
Index 164
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