The War on Terror and the Cold War
This paper discusses whether the War on Terror has replaced the Cold War as the organizing construct of U.S foreign policy.
# 130708 | 750 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Political Science (Political Theory) , History (U.S. Baby Boom Years 1945-1965) , Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Political Science (Terrorism)
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In this article, the writer looks at how the "black-and-white" paradigm of the Cold War (the idea, in other words, that international affairs was a zero-sum game) has been re-introduced in the contemporary age via the War on Terror. The paper looks at both the Truman and Bush doctrines and describes how each is a manifestation of a foreign policy view that believes America's options are quite stark and that strong measures are necessary if the country's future is to be secured. The writer concludes that the paradigm shaping the U.S. outlook on foreign policy today is not a new one - and it is still one demanding an activist, interventionist approach to addressing situations in the global community.
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