National Missile Defence and the Politics of US Identity: A by Natalie Bormann

By Natalie Bormann

Why undertake a poststructural lens for the analyzing of the army technique of nationwide missile defence (NMD)? without doubt, while considering an assault on US territory through intercontinental ballistic missiles, consulting Michel Foucault and important diplomacy idea students won't look the most obvious path to take.

The solution to this lies in one other query: why has there been loads curiosity and non-stop funding in NMD deployment while there's such ambiguity surrounding the prestige of hazard to which it responds, controversy over its technological feasibility and predicament approximately its expense? Posed during this demeanour, the query can't be responded by itself phrases the phrases given in respectable money owed of NMD that justify the system's value at the foundation of strategic feasibility experiences and traditional danger predictions guided through worst-case situations. in its place, this ebook argues that the personal tastes resulting in NMD deployment has to be understood as enjoyable necessities past strategic methods and concerns. In turning in the direction of the interpretative modes of inquiry supplied through severe social concept and poststructuralism, this ebook contests the traditional knowledge approximately NMD and indicates studying the tactic by way of US identity.

Presented as an research of discourses on threats to nationwide safeguard, round which the necessity for NMD deployment is predominantly framed, this booklet is an attempt to permit the 2 fields of serious diplomacy concept and US international coverage converse on to one another. It seeks to take action by way of exhibiting how the idea that of id could be harnessed to an research of a modern military-strategic practice.

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