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Ideas and the Use of Force in American Foreign Policy: Presidential Decision-Making in a Post-Cold War World

Morgan T. Rees

Abstract

The decision to mount an armed foreign intervention is one of the most consequential that a US president can take. This book sets out to explain why and when presidents choose to use force. The book examines decisions to use force throughout the post-Cold War period, via flashpoints including the Balkans, the ‘War on Terror’ and the Middle East. It develops new explanations for variation in the use of force in US foreign policy by theorizing and demonstrating the effects of the displacement and repression of ideas within and across different US presidential administrations, from George H.W. Bu ... More

Keywords: armed foreign intervention, US presidents, use of force, post-Cold War, Balkans, War on Terror, Middle East, US foreign policy, global security, international relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529215908
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529215908.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Morgan T. Rees, author
Griffith University