Date of Award

Spring 2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

International Studies

Committee Director

Simon Serfaty

Committee Member

Regina Karp

Committee Member

Austin Jersild

Abstract

This study identifies and analyzes the decision making and framing processes for selected cases of armed humanitarian intervention by the United States in the post-Cold War Era. It fills a gap in the literature on decision making, focusing on the role of the powerful individual leader in national security decision making and the framing of interventions to the U.S. public and other stakeholder audiences. An examination of extant literature on the subject of U.S. foreign policy decision making, and development and implementation of framing strategies is used to determine the role of the individual leader in those processes using three case studies, the Bush intervention in Somalia in 1992, the Clinton intervention in Kosovo in 1999, and the Obama intervention in Libya in 2011.

DOI

10.25777/pkx2-8r96

ISBN

9781321841183

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