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NMD and foreign policy discourse

Natalie Bormann

in National Missile Defence and the Politics of US Identity

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780719074707
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701331 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074707.003.0005
NMD and foreign policy discourse

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This chapter reviews some of the key arguments that are in favour of NMD, and considers some of the lasting assumptions about the character of security and threat, as well as the concept of policy positivism. It then studies foreign policy as a practice central to the notion of ‘narrative activity’. The chapter also considers the intersection of foreign policy and identity, the influence of ‘what if’ statements and the meanings associated with ballistic missiles. It determines that the specific context of a proliferation ‘problem’ has made the construed picture of a rogue other a valid threat which is understood in the US foreign policy.

Keywords: security; threat; policy positivism; foreign policy; narrative activity; what if statements; ballistic missiles; proliferation problem; rogue other

Chapter.  10640 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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