Striking First

The Preventive War Doctrine and the Reshaping of U.S. Foreign Policy

  • Betty Glad
  • Chris J. Dolan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Political Impact of 9/11 and Wars Against Rogue Regimes: Decision Making and Direct Political Impact

  3. Domestic Repercussions: Bureaucratic and Legal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. David B. Cohen, Alethia Cook
      Pages 93-103
  4. Broader Impact

  5. The American Empire in Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Robert Jervis
      Pages 193-202
    3. Betty Glad
      Pages 203-215
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 217-232

About this book


How have the September 11th terrorist attacks and the subsequent U.S. led war on terrorism impacted American foreign policy at home and abroad? The consistent theme throughout this collection of essays is that September 11th was a watershed event, which sparked a redefinition and reassessment of U.S. foreign policy, governmental institutions, and the public's sense of internal and external security. The Bush Administration's endeavor to remake American foreign policy with an emphasis on a preemptive, first strike doctrine and its attempt to build an internal security apparatus are not only consequential in the war on terrorism, such efforts are challenging the very fundamentals of American political life and its perception throughout the world.


decision-making democracy Europe European Union European Union (EU) foreign policy government Institution Policy terrorism war

Editors and affiliations

  • Betty Glad
    • 1
  • Chris J. Dolan
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of South CarolinaUSA
  2. 2.The University of Central FloridaUSA

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