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Conspiracy theory and American foreign policy

Author: Tim Aistrope
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2016. ©2016
Series: New approaches to conflict analysis.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Conspiracy theory and American foreign policy examines the relationship between secrecy, power and interpretation around international political controversy, where foreign policy orthodoxy comes up hard against alternative interpretations. It does so in the context of American foreign policy during the War on Terror, a conflict that was quintessentially covert and conspiratorial. This book adds a new dimension to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Aistrope
ISBN: 0719099196 9780719099199
OCLC Number: 930824762
Description: ix, 171 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Part I: Conceptualising conspiracy theory --
1. The paranoid style in international politics --
2. Conspiracy culture --
Part II: Conspiracy discourse in the War on Terror --
3. Strategies of deterrence and frames of containment --
4. The War of Ideas --
5. Conspiracy, misinformation and public diplomacy --
Conclusion.
Series Title: New approaches to conflict analysis.
Responsibility: Tim Aistrope.

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Conspiracy theory and American foreign policy examines the relationship between secrecy, power and interpretation around international political controversy, where foreign policy orthodoxy comes up hard against alternative interpretations. It does so in the context of American foreign policy during the War on Terror, a conflict that was quintessentially covert and conspiratorial. This book adds a new dimension to the debate by examining the 'Arab-Muslim paranoia narrative': the view that Arab-Muslim resentment towards America is motivated to some degree by a paranoid perception of American power in the Middle East. This narrative subsequently made its way into numerous US Government policy documents and initiatives advancing a War of Ideas strategy aimed at winning the 'hearts and minds' of Arab-Muslims. This study provides a novel reading of the processes through which legitimacy and illegitimacy is produced in foreign policy discourses. It will appeal to a wide cross-disciplinary audience interested in the burgeoning issues of conspiracy, paranoia, and popular knowledge, including their relationship to and consequences for contemporary politics.

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