Authors: Thies, Cameron G.; Galatas, Leigh A. (Louisiana State University)
Abstract: This chapter documents the transformation in Bush's foreign policy through an examination of his presidential foreign policy doctrine. The Bush Doctrine arose as a direct response to the events of 11 September 2001, but its content and means of implementation evolved over the course of the following year. The authors trace the evolution of the content of the doctrine, from a war against international terrorism to a war against terrorists with global reach and states that possess or attempt to obtain weapons of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). They also examine the reorientation of the strategic doctrine designed to carry out the Bush Doctrine, from one of containment through deterrence to one of preemption. They document the application of the doctrine in Afghanistan and Iraq. They analyze the ensuing critiques of the doctrine and its application. Finally, they conclude with some observations about the future of the Bush Doctrine.