Neoconservatives in U.S. foreign policy under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush : voices behind the throne / Jesús Velasco
- Velasco Nevado, Jesús
- Washington, D.C. : Woodrow Wilson Center Press ; Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 
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- xviii, 300 pages ; 24 cm
- 1. Introduction: An Analytical Framework -- 2. Who Is a Neoconservative? -- 3. Neoconservative Organizations as a Vehicle for an Ideological Crusade -- 4. Ideas, Institutions, and Interests: The Influence of Neoconservatism on Reagan's Human Rights Policy -- 5. Ideas, Institutions, and Interests: The Influence of Neoconservatism on the U.S. Military Buildup -- 6. The Second Neoconservative Movement -- 7. Second-Generation Neoconservatives and Foreign Policy -- 8. Neoconservatives at War -- 9. Neoconservatism and American Foreign Policy after September 11 -- 10. The Iraqi Debacle and the Partial Decline of Neoconservatism.
- ""This is an excellent and interesting book. Through extensive use of archival material, Velasco brings to light a number of facts that are not widely known, particularly with regard to the funding apparatus that financed the neocons' political and policy endeavors."Benjamin Ginsberg, The Johns Hopkins University" ""Professor Velasco provides an impressively comprehensive, clear, and careful account of neoconservatives' rise to power in the late twentieth-century United States. Velasco is particularly good at revealing who constitute the core and peripheral members of the first and second generation of neoconservatives, at uncovering the personal networks and financial ties that connect and support individual neoconservatives, and at tracing the effects of the two generations of neoconservatives on American foreign policy."Bartholomew Sparrow, University of Texas at Austin" "Jes³s Velasco examines the origins and history of the neoconservative political movement so closet identified with the George W. Bush administration's policies of regime change and democratization. Analyzing the movement's intellectual background, institutions, financial supporters, publications, and points of influence, Velasco distinguishes the first generation of neoconservatives, which emerged in the late 1970's, from the generation that rose to power in the 2000's. Velasco's study is based in large part on interviews with such key neoconservative figures as Irving Kristol, Jean Kirkpatrick, Richard Perle, Douglass Feith, Eliott Abrams, and William Kristol, and on access to the archives of such organizations as the Committee on the Present Danger and the Coalition for a Democratic Majority. This work provides important new insights into how this cadre of intellectualsonce on the margins of the political scenecame to affect U.S. foreign relations so strongly."--BOOK JACKET.
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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