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Interventionism in US foreign policy from Bush to Obama

Aaronson, M (2013) Interventionism in US foreign policy from Bush to Obama In: Obama's Foreign Policy: Ending the War on Terror. Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy (10). Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Abingdon. ISBN 978-0-415-66260-4

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This chapter considers the evolution of US policy and practice towards foreign military intervention under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and in terms of strategic intent finds no evidence of substantive change. Although the language of the ‘Global War on Terror’ has been replaced by one of a ‘transnational global conflict’ the underlying policy drivers remain the same: America’s security and related interests continue to shape its foreign policy and provide the justification for an exceptionalist interpretation of international law, to the disappointment of those who hoped Obama's election would usher in a new era of strengthened global norms. However, a change in US official thinking is evident in a greater appreciation of the limitations of certain forms of intervention, and in the emergence of alternative policy instruments to deliver US strategic objectives.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
Aaronson, M
Editors :
Bentley, ME
Holland, J
Date : 23 September 2013
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of a book chapter published as Aaronson M (2013). Interventionism in US foreign policy from Bush to Obama. In Obama's Foreign Policy: Ending the War on Terror. Editors: Bentley ME, Holland J. 214 pages. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Abingdon. ISBN:978-0-415-66260-4. 23 Sep 2013 Available online at:
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Date Deposited : 10 Oct 2013 14:24
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