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When ends Trump means: continuity versus change in US counterterrorism policy

Biegon, Rubrick, Watts, Tom F. A. (2020) When ends Trump means: continuity versus change in US counterterrorism policy. Global Affairs, . ISSN 2334-0460. (doi:10.1080/23340460.2020.1734956) (KAR id:80376)

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This article utilizes a historical materialist informed framework to analyse change and continuity in US counterterrorism policy. Although Donald Trump’s “America First” discourse conveyed a “new” approach to counterterrorism, in practice his administration has largely reinforced pre-existing tendencies, expanding the military campaigns against ISIS and al-Qaeda. In accordance with America’s longstanding objectives in the global south, which centre on stabilizing existing patterns of capitalist political-economic relations, the US continues to police transnational security challenges “from below”. The article calls for increased sensitivity to the means-ends calculus in American statecraft. It argues that tactical shifts at the policy level (the means) should be situated in relation to historical considerations and the structural and material factors (the ends) that impact US foreign policymaking across presidential administrations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/23340460.2020.1734956
Uncontrolled keywords: US foreign policy; Trump; counterterrorism; historical materialism; continuity
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Rubrick Biegon
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2020 12:58 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2021 23:00 UTC
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