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Neoconservatism and American foreign policy

McGlinchey, Stephen


Stephen McGlinchey
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations


Neoconservatism has been clearly visible in domestic American politics since the late 1960s, though it has only come to the fore internationally in recent years due to the heavily neoconservative influenced direction of the Bush administration in its formative years after 9/11, principally through its prosecution of its War on Terror and via the rhetoric of the President himself. As a much misunderstood term, subject to media jingoism and heated partisan rhetoric in every corner of the globe, this article establishes exactly what neoconservatism is in relation to foreign policy via a reading of key neoconservative literature and corresponding critiques. Subsequently, using the Bush administration as an example, the article evaluates how neoconservative foreign policy postulates are transferred into reality during the War on Terror. Finally the analysis reaches beyond the Bush administration establishing whether a neoconservative legacy remains active in the present day under the Obama administration.


McGlinchey, S. (2010). Neoconservatism and American foreign policy

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2010
Journal Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science
Print ISSN 1583-3984
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
Pages 21-34
Keywords neoconservatism, neoconservative, neo-conservativism, Obama, US foreign policy, neocon
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an open source journal - free to place in any repository so long as the relevant accreditation is included.
Corporate Creators : Politikon


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