Send Guns and Money: Security Assistance and U.S. Foreign Policy

Overview

American foreign policy since 1947 cannot be understood apart from the U.S. security assistance program. Beginning with Truman, every president has considered security assistance programs important means for furthering U.S. national interests. Security assistance has been used to support a wide variety of policies, including the Truman Doctrine and containment, the underwriting of the Camp David Accords, and the channeling of aid to the newly democratic countries of Central and ...

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Overview

American foreign policy since 1947 cannot be understood apart from the U.S. security assistance program. Beginning with Truman, every president has considered security assistance programs important means for furthering U.S. national interests. Security assistance has been used to support a wide variety of policies, including the Truman Doctrine and containment, the underwriting of the Camp David Accords, and the channeling of aid to the newly democratic countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

American foreign policy since 1947 cannot be understood apart from the U.S. security assistance program. Beginning with Truman, every president has considered security assistance programs important means for furthering U.S. national interests. Security assistance has been used to support a wide variety of policies, including the Truman Doctrine and containment, the underwriting of the Camp David Accords, and the channeling of aid to the newly democratic countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the program from 1947 through fiscal year 1996. After discussing the legal foundations and components of the program, the authors provide an historical survey from 1947 through the first Clinton administration. They then detail the role of Congress, public opinion, and interest groups. Separate treatment is given to countries such as Israel, Egypt, Greece, and Turkey. The authors also suggest ideas on how the programs can be changed to mesh with American objectives and resources in the 21st century. This is a major study of interest to students, scholars, researchers, and policymakers.

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A broad treatment of the US security assistance program, a combination of military and economic aid to political allies, from its inception in 1947 through fiscal year 1996. Examines the legal basis, formal and informal components, statistical data on how the aid has changed over the years, the history of the program through the various administrations, congressional involvement, public opinion, the major recipients, Israel and Egypt as the most favored beneficiaries, and the prospects now that the consensus supporting the program has evaporated. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275959913
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1997
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

DUNCAN L. CLARKE is Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University.

DANIEL O'CONNOR is affiliated with the School of International Service, American University.

JASON D. ELLIS is affiliated with the School of International Service, American University. The authors have published extensively on contemporary foreign affairs issues.

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Table of Contents

Tables

Acknowledgments

Glossary of Abbreviations

Introduction

Dimensions and Elements of Security Assistance

U.S. Security Assistance Program: 1946-1977

U.S. Security Assistance Program: 1977-1995

Congress and Security Assistance

Perceptions of the Security Assistance Program

Base-Rights Countries

The Lion's Share: Israel and Egypt

Conclusion: Toward a New Consensus?

Bibliographical Essay

Index

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