Weapons of Mass Destruction and US Foreign Policy: The by Michelle Bentley

By Michelle Bentley

This publication examines using innovations – in particular ‘weapons of mass destruction’ (WMD) – in US international coverage discourse.


Current research of WMD definition has made headway into opting for the repercussions that the conceptual conflation of such assorted guns – mostly understood as a connection with nuclear, organic and chemical guns – has for overseas safeguard. whereas the idea that assumes those guns are ‘equal’, the gigantic disparity among them, and their disparity from the traditional guns from which they're supposedly exact, capacity this process is visible as unreflective of fact, inflicting miscalculations in defense coverage. now not least, this has highlighted that the difficulty of WMD definition is a concern difficulty the place this has direct implications for method.


In distinction, Weapons of Mass Destruction and US overseas Policy argues that this technique doesn't thoroughly painting conceptual which means, really the place it overlooks how political language is built. In demonstrating this, the publication provides a conceptual heritage of WMD detailing how this has been outlined and used considering the fact that its emergence into political discourse c.1945. particularly, it argues that definition is an inherently strategic act; policymakers have intentionally incorporated (or excluded) sure guns and threats from the type as a way to form international coverage dialogues. As such, realizing the WMD inspiration isn't a look for a unmarried interpretation, yet an research that seeks to understand what the idea that capacity at any given time, specifically the place this pertains to the political conditions of its use. by means of deciding upon quite a few ways that WMD has been outlined, the publication constructs a dynamic view of conceptual that means that recognises and, extra importantly explains, the inherent range in interpretation because the outcome of epistemic and institutional context and the strategic reaction of policymakers.


This e-book can be of a lot curiosity to scholars of guns of Mass Destruction, US international and safety coverage, protection stories, political narratives and IR.


 

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