National Security in the Obama Administration: Reassessing the Bush Doctrine

National Security in the Obama Administration: Reassessing the Bush Doctrine

by Stanley A. Renshon
     
 

ISBN-10: 041580406X

ISBN-13: 9780415804066

Pub. Date: 09/08/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Many observers claim the Bush Doctrine is dead. At least that's what critics hope. But while new U.S. national security challenges emerge, many post-9/11 threats still persist and the policies of George W. Bush offer one set of strategic answer for how President Obama can confront those dangers. Neither a polemic nor a whitewash, this book provides a careful

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Many observers claim the Bush Doctrine is dead. At least that's what critics hope. But while new U.S. national security challenges emerge, many post-9/11 threats still persist and the policies of George W. Bush offer one set of strategic answer for how President Obama can confront those dangers. Neither a polemic nor a whitewash, this book provides a careful analysis of the Bush Doctrine-its development, application, and rationale-and assesses its legacy: How will Obama respond to the many foreign policy challenges that await him?

Through an examination of psychology as much as policy, Renshon, in the first comparative analysis of the Bush Doctrine and the developing Obama Doctrine, analyzes the range of national security Obama will face and the political divisions that permeate U.S. national security debates. It is essential reading for anyone looking to understand how presidents assess security risks generally and how Obama specifically is likely to adapt the Bush Doctrine to his own worldview.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415804066
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1 The Obama Presidency and the World he Inherits 1

Pt. I The Bush Doctrine Reconsidered 25

2 The Evolution of a Post-9/11 National Security Perspective 27

3 The Real Bush Doctrine 38

4 The Bush Doctrine: Myths and Criticisms 57

Pt. II The Strategic World after 9/11 81

5 The New Calculus of Risk 83

6 Deterrence, Containment and Adversarial Bargaining Post-9/11: North Korea and Iran 104

7 Dangerous Threats and the Use of Force 124

8 Strategic Options and the Future of the Bush Doctrine 146

Pt. III The Politics of Post-9/11 National Security 165

9 The Politics of Risk Assessment 167

10 The Politics of Post-9/11 National Security: A Profound Worldview Divide 183

11 Obama's National Security Tasks: Worldview, Leadership and Judgment 199

Notes 224

Bibliography 266

Index 283

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