American Foreign Policy and The Politics of Fear: Threat by A. Trevor Thrall, Jane K. Cramer

By A. Trevor Thrall, Jane K. Cramer

This edited quantity addresses the difficulty of possibility inflation in American overseas coverage and household politics. The Bush administration's competitive crusade to construct public help for an invasion of Iraq reheated fears in regards to the president's skill to control the general public, and plenty of charged the management with 'threat inflation', duping the scoop media and deceptive the general public into assisting the battle lower than fake pretences.

Presenting the most recent study, those essays search to reply to the query of why risk inflation happens and while it will likely be profitable. easily outlined, it's the attempt by means of elites to create quandary for a possibility that is going past the scope and urgency that disinterested research could justify. extra commonly, the method issues how elites view threats, the political makes use of of risk inflation, the politics of possibility framing between competing elites, and the way the general public translates and perceives threats through the scoop media.

The battle with Iraq will get specified awareness during this quantity, in addition to the 'War on Terror'. even though many think that the Bush management effectively inflated the Iraq danger, there isn't a neat consensus approximately why this was once winning. via either theoretical contributions and case reports, this ebook showcases the 4 significant causes of risk inflation -- realism, household politics, psychology, and constructivism -- and makes them confront each other at once. the result's a richer appreciation of this crucial dynamic in US politics and international coverage, current and future.

This publication can be of a lot pursuits to scholars folks overseas and nationwide defense coverage, overseas safety, strategic reports and IR usually.

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When it fits with more general beliefs. This is why almost everyone interpreted the scattered and ambiguous evidence as showing that Saddam Hussein had vigorous WMD programs (Jervis 2006). This inference made a great deal of sense, as the regime had used gas against Iran and its own Kurds, pursued nuclear weapons before the Gulf War, initially tried to maintain these programs despite UN sanctions, and engaged in a great deal of denial and deception. Without this background, the intelligence reports would have been read very differently.

In his pioneering study, Lippmann argued that stereotypes form not only because they permit “economy of effort,” but because they “may be the core of our personal tradition, the defenses of our position in society” (1922: 95). Marxists – and cynics – analyze the beliefs of the ruling classes in this way. During the Cold War, members of the political and economic elite who incorrectly said that the establishment of revolutionary regimes anywhere in the world would menace American security interests were not lying.

G. and Livingston, S. (2007) When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina, Chicago, IL: Chicago University Press. Chomsky, N. (1997) Media Control: The Spectacular Successes of Propaganda, New York: Seven Stories. Cramer, J. K. (2007) “Militarized patriotism: why the marketplace of ideas failed before the Iraq war,” Security Studies, 16: 489–524. Cramer, J. K. and Thrall, A. T. ” Paper presented at the 2005 meeting of the International Studies Association, Chicago, IL.

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