Us foreign policy and Neoconservative thought

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Discuss foreign policy in the US since 2000. Explain the theoretical framework of Neoconservative thought and what that means in practice. Use present day examples to frame your discussion. Word Count 3271 “Neo-conservatism assumes that when the United States acts in its own interests, it necessarily serves the interests of the international system. It is therefore not only legitimate but virtuous for the United States to deploy its power on behalf of nationally defined goals” (Monten, 147) The tenure of George W Bush as the President of the United States of America has drawn extensive controversy, criticism and debate from both a domestic and international perspective and concluded with an arguably tarnished reputation of American foreign policy in the international realm. The methods and policy conducted from the beginning of his Presidency and in reaction to September 11th possessed strong unilateralism and in the implementation of pre-emptive strike policy in the 2002 National Security Strategy ( NSS), departed rapidly from the growing influence of multilateral institutionalist approaches to foreign policy in the international community. The outline of the NSS was in effect a mission of intent from the incumbent government and formed the theoretical justification for the war in Iraq. To tackle the assigned statement effectively, one will primarily assess the history and framework of the Neoconservative movement, from its origins in the 1930s to role in the Bush administration regarding international democracy intervention. Analysing how the works of esteemed writers could have transitioned to the belief in military intervention as the answer to the Iraqi problem and supposed international threats. From this point, the foreign policy of the United States will be evaluated, both comparatively to previous administrations and to the evaluation of ‘exemplarist

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