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Dissertation Guide on Neo-imperialism in US Foreign Policy

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Subject – US Foreign Policy

Topic: Neo-imperialism in US Foreign Policy

Abstract: This dissertation will study neo-imperialism as a stance in US Foreign Policy. It will argue that the basic characteristics of US Foreign Policy relate to ideology and policy. This paper will show that imperialism in US Foreign Policy might have been reshaped, but it is still existent. The American ambitions for democracy promotion in Iraq and the Bush doctrine will be used as case studies.

Introduction: Discuss the historical evolution of US Foreign Policy and focus on different stages and key events. Compare and contrast basics of US Foreign Policy for example during the Cold War, or after 9/11. Discuss the concept of the export of democracy, the war on terror and America’s grand strategy and their relation to neo-imperialism

Research question: This paper will attempt to show that neo-imperialism is continuity in US Foreign Policy, which is related to both policy and ideology. It is a major source of US Foreign Policy, despite its historic transformations.

Literature Review: Compare and contrast different definitions of literature review, critically analyse them and choose the one which meets the research aims objectives of the paper. Analyse theories of US Foreign Policy from a realist, liberalist and constructivist perspective. Situate neo-imperialism in one of these theoretical frameworks and explain your choice.

Methodology – qualitative, analysis of secondary materials

Use two case studies in order to explore neo-imperialism as an ideology and as policy – The Bush Doctrine and the war in Iraq are some suggestions

Presentation of data

Conclusion – Summarize your key findings, make recommendations related to the contemptuous issue of US as a hegemon. Discuss its future position in international affairs. Discuss the rise of Asian economic powers and globalization


Appendix I – Recommended readings by topic 

Boyle, M. (2008) “The War on Terror in American grand strategy”, International Affairs 84:2, pp. 191-209

Bush, G.W. (2002), “Text of Bush’s Speech at West Point”, Published on 1 June, New York Times

Available at:

Accessed [12.06.2011]

Chomsky, N. and Achcar, G. (2008) Perilous Power. The Middle East and US Foreign Policy. Dialogues on Terror, Democracy, War and Justice. Penguin Book, London

Chomsky, N. (2006). Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy. Penguin Books Ltd., London, UK

Chua, A. (2004) “Our Most Dangerous export”, Guardian, Saturday, February 28

Available at:

Accessed [13.06.2011]

Howard, M (2002), quoted in Boyle, M. (2008) “The War on Terror in American grand strategy”, International Affairs 84:2, pp. 191-209

Hunt, M. (1987) Ideology and US Foreign Policy. Yale University Press

Ikenberry, J. (2008). “America’s Security Trap” in US Foreign Policy, Cox, M. and Stokes, D. (ed.), Oxford University Press,  pp. 421 – 429

Muravchik, J. (1991). Exporting Democracy: Fulfilling America’s Destiny. Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute Press. pp. 91–118.

Nau, H.R. (2002) At Home and Abroad: Identity and Power in American Foreign Policy,CornellUniversity Press,Ithaca,NY

Nye, J. S. (1990) ‘Soft power’, Foreign Policy (electronic source), issue 80 (Fall), pp.153-71.

Trubovitz, P. (2008) “Regional Shifts and US Foreign Policy”, in US Foreign Policy, Cox, M. and Stokes, D. (eds), Oxford University Press, New York, p. 146-160

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