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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

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

About the editors

ROGER COATE University of South Carolina, USA DAVID COHEN University of Akron, Ohio, USA WILLIAM CROTTY Northeastern University, Massachusetts, USA LOUIS FISHER US Congressional Research Service, USA MICHAEL GENOVESE Loyola Marymount University, California, USA CLEMENT HENRY University of Texas-Austin, USA OLE HOLSTI Duke University, North Carolina, USA JACQUES HYMANS Mershon Center for International Security, Ohio State University, USA ROBERT JERVIS Columbia University, New York, USA DREW LANIER University of Central Florida, USA JACK LECHELT University of South Carolina, USA DONALD PUCHALA University of South Carolina, USA DAVID TUCKER US Naval Post-Graduate School, California, USA

Bibliographic information


"Preemption and prevention are age-old instruments of statecraft that have acquired new relevance after 9/11 and the U.S. war in Iraq. Striking First provides a variety of expert perspectives on the role of preemption and prevention in the evolution of U.S. strategic doctrine, the internal political struggles that shaped that doctrine, the impact of these changes on American presidential power and legal processes, and their ramifications for the international order and the limits of American power. One cannot comprehend our rapidly changing world without understanding these international and domestic processes, and Striking First provides timely and penetrating insights on these critical subjects."

- Jack S. Levy, Rutgers University

"The alarmed contributors to this book recognize that America's strategic doctrine stands at a critical turning point with far-reaching future implications. One need not agree with all the arguments advanced by the authors to this most timely volume to recognize they tap into vital questions on preemptive war. The volume should contribute importantly to the needed public debate among everyone concerned with thre role of the United States in world affairs." - Charles F. Hermann, Texas A&M University