The threat of security. (c2014)

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dc.contributor.author Murray, Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-03T08:30:53Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-03T08:30:53Z
dc.date.issued 2016-03-03
dc.date.submitted 2014-06-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/3250
dc.description.abstract This thesis employs Securitization Theory to examine the origins of current US foreign policy towards Iran. It shows how the rational actor model in international relations theory fails to explain the foreign policy behavior of the US towards Iran because of the history of US Orientalist discourse vis-à-vis Iran and the influence of the Israeli lobby in Washington. It argues that Orientalist trends found in US political and international relations discourse towards Iran provide the rationale for the securitizing actions of the US government in dealing with Iranian nuclear weapons. The thesis examines the contents of US presidential addresses, Congressional hearings, the stipulations contained within the most recent sanctions on Iran, transcripts of US Central Intelligence Agency reports and advisory speeches, interactions between Israel and AIPAC and the US administration and the use of loaded Orientalist and securitizing terms – such as “threat,” “evil,” “containment,” and “existential threat to Israel,” to test the hypothesis that US foreign policy discourse creates and responds to false threats in the Middle East due to Israeli influence and the perpetuation of neo-Orientalist views of the Middle East. Finally, it examines how partisanship and presidential administrations influence US foreign policy by parsing out the major changes in discourse from the Bush to the Obama terms. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Economic sanctions, American -- Iran en_US
dc.subject United States -- Foreign relations -- Middle East en_US
dc.subject Middle East -- Foreign relations -- United States en_US
dc.subject United States -- Foreign relations en_US
dc.subject Nuclear weapons -- Iran en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title The threat of security. (c2014) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle securitization and orientalist discourse in United States and foreign policy towards Iran en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201003819 en_US
dc.author.commembers Skulte-Ouiass, Jennifer
dc.author.commembers Baroudi, Sami
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.author.department Social Sciences en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 hard copy: ix, 90 leaves; 30cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.advisor Salloukh, Bassel
dc.keywords Threat en_US
dc.keywords Securitization Theory en_US
dc.keywords Orientalism en_US
dc.keywords Iran en_US
dc.keywords United States en_US
dc.keywords Political Discourse en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Includes bibliographical references (leaves 81-90). en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2014.54 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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