Understanding the Bush Doctrine: Psychology and Strategy in an Age of Terrorism

1st Edition

Stanley A. Renshon, Peter Suedfeld

Published January 23, 2007
Reference - 356 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415955041 - CAT# RT55041

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In this volume, leading scholars of U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and political psychology examine one of the most consequential and controversial statements of national security policy in contemporary American history. Unlike other books which focus only on unilateralism or preventive war, Stanley A. Renshon and Peter Suedfeld provide a comprehensive framework with which to analyze the Bush Doctrine by identifying five central and interrelated elements of the doctrine:

  • American pre-eminence
  • assertive realism
  • equivocal alliances
  • selective multilateralism
  • democratic transformation.

Given its centrality to American national security, and the fact that the effects of it are likely to be felt well into the twenty-first century, Understanding the Bush Doctrine provides a critically balanced and pointed assessment of the Bush Doctrine and its premises, as well as a fair appraisal of its implications and prospects.


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