American National Security Policy: Authorities, by John T. Fishel

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By John T. Fishel

Security coverage is a key issue not just of family politics within the united states, but additionally of international kinfolk and international safety. this article units to give an explanation for the method of safety coverage making within the usa by way of the entire parts that form it, from associations and laws to policymakers themselves and ancient precedents.

To comprehend nationwide safeguard coverage, the ebook first must deal with the best way nationwide defense coverage makers see the area. It indicates that they often see it in realist phrases the place the kingdom is a unmarried rational actor pursuing its nationwide curiosity. It then specializes in how legislative professionals permit and constrain those coverage makers ahead of taking a look at the organizational context during which rules are made and applied. this implies analyzing the felony gurus that govern how the approach services, akin to the structure and the nationwide protection Act of 1947, in addition to some of the governmental associations whose functions both restrict or permit execution, reminiscent of the CIA, NSA, and so forth. subsequent, the textual content analyzes the strategies and items of nationwide safety coverage making, resembling stories, exhibiting how they vary from management to management. finally, a sequence of case reviews illustrate the demanding situations of enforcing and constructing coverage. those span the post-Cold struggle interval to the current, and comprise the Panama situation, Somalia, the Balkans Haiti, the Iraq wars, and Afghanistan. by way of combining either the idea and method, this textbook finds all features of the making of nationwide defense coverage in usa from time table environment to the successes and screw ups of implementation.

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