The Presidency

Authored by: Glenn P. Hastedt

Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy

Print publication date:  August  2011
Online publication date:  April  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415800884
eBook ISBN: 9780203878637
Adobe ISBN: 9781135967352


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In studying foreign policy a distinction is often made between what a country’s stated position is and what it actually does. No matter which of these approaches is adopted, political commentators most often answer the question “What is American foreign policy?” by turning their attention to the occupant of the White House. In the first instance, this presidential focus is found in historic declarations such as the Monroe and Reagan doctrines. Second, the same focus is reflected in terms such as Iraq being “Bush’s war.”

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