Forming Factors of the US National Security Strategy under the Presidency of George W. Bush

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Κατεύθυνση Διεθνείς και Ευρωπαϊκές Σπουδές
Library of the Faculties of Political Science and Public Administration, Communication and Mass Media Studies, Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, Sociology
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Rempelos Christos
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Τσάκωνας Ι. Παναγιώτης, Καθηγητής, Τμήμα Μεσογειακών Σπουδών, Πανεπιστήμιο Αιγαίου
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Παράγοντες Διαμόρφωσης της Αμερικανικής Εθνικής Στρατηγικής Ασφάλειας επί Προεδρίας George W. Bush
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Forming Factors of the US National Security Strategy under the Presidency of George W. Bush
This master thesis aims at presenting, examining and analyzing the cornerstones that contributed to the formation and implementation of the United States National Security Strategy (NSS) during the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush. The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 highlighted, in an explicit way, the vulnerability of modern states, even the United States, to the international terrorist threat. The consequences of these events led the United States to strengthen their national security through a new strategic vision, with the ultimate goal of definitively combating international terrorism and consolidating democratic values.
In particular, during the George W. Bush's presidency, two institutional documents of the US National Security Strategy were drafted, in 2002 and 2006 respectively. The US administration, in its first institutional document, defined and ranked terrorism as the main threat to the United States' national security on the one hand and global security on the other. The 2006 institutional document does not present any change in the list of immediate threats and challenges as of 2002, but a new classification and hierarchy of these threats is provided. In this way, the main factors that contributed to the formation and implementation of this security strategy as a whole were the Bush administration's ideological background, the course of the US economy over the period of 2000-2009 and the international security environment of that time.
The National Security Strategy of the George W. Bush's administration, aiming to redefine the American aspirations, replaced the earlier approach that was purely focused on the state, while, at the same time, it was the product of the change of the existing security environment, as it was required a new strategic vision to tackle immediate threats and challenges.
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Social, Political and Economic sciences
George W. Bush, National Security Strategy, Neoconservatives, Global War on Terror, 9/11
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