American Exceptionalism and U.S. Foreign Policy: Public by S. McEvoy-Levy

By S. McEvoy-Levy

This booklet examines a serious time and position in contemporary international history--the finish of the chilly War--and the techniques and values hired within the public dipomacy of the Bush and Clinton Administrations to construct household and foreign consensus. It presents perception into the makes use of of presidential energy and offers a version and a demonstration for the way rhetoric can be used within the examine of usa international coverage.

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And although rhetorical analysis is implied in each, a more deliberate focus on rhetoric would be valuable. Recurring themes The importance of rhetorical analysis lies in what it may add to our understanding of US foreign policy when studied critically and used in synthesis with these models of the US foreign policy process. A rhetorical themes focus helps break down the artificial compartmentalization of elements of the policy-making process implied in the models described above. Ernest May provides the rationale for the development of a rhetoric-centered approach.

Buckley and George Will, argued that the Cold War could not be declared over until Communism had been completely overturned in all regions of the world. Others claimed that `the form and character' of the Cold War system of international relations would not substantially change and, therefore, neither should policy. The development of a `mixed system' in Europe was predicted, one in which multipolarity was `grafted on to' the old bipolarity. Cold War balance of power arrangements would persist.

But despite internal disagreements about the details of policy, and although idealism competed with realism, there was consistently broad consensus on American exceptionalism. 9 The Monroe Doctrine, enunciated in 1823 and policy by 1860, illustrates how the idea of American exceptionalism and the perception of European `threat' not only spurred separation from Europe but also legitimized expansion on the American continent and in the Far East. By the end of the nineteenth century, the United States was an imperial power having acquired the Hawaiian Islands, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam, and part of Samoa.

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