Obama’s foreign policy: Who needs democracy promotion when you’ve got democracy assistance?

16 January 2013, 12:30 - 14:00

Speakers Abstract:

Democracy promotion during the Bush administration was a suitable framework for attaining and explaining its acquisition of America’s national interests. Yet by the time of the Obama administration it was no longer seen as such an important part of the US foreign policy meta-framework. What had changed? This paper explores the impact the international arena, in particular the consequences of the US missions in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as its engagement in the Arab Spring’s Libya, had in this re-focussing of the way in which US national interests were to be either attained or explained. The paper explores how these events impacted the development of both the Obama administration’s use of democracy promotion in its foreign policy and how its democratisation programmes were to be implemented. The administration’s rhetoric and practice responded to these changes in the international arena by suggesting that locals not internationals should dictate democratisation efforts. The paper investigates how far these changes in the power relationships go beyond words and into implemented strategies.

Dr Matthew Hill, Lecturer in US Politics, Institute for the Study of the Americas Chair: Professor Linda Newson, Director, Institute for the Study of the Americas
Organised by:
School of Advanced Study
Event Type:
Room 246 (Senate House)
Venue Details:

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

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