Aspects of American Identity Shaping U.S. Foreign Policy towards the Middle East



Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The presentation shall address core aspects that contributed to shape American identity and that have a demonstrable impact on the U.S. foreign relations. It is generally acknowledged that the American ideals, referred to under the term the “American Creed”, are considered to be the defining elements of American identity. The moralist element of the Creed directly corresponds with some of the studied concepts of the U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. The examined proclamations include frequent and reoccurring references to the ideals’ variations, such as invoking American values and principles of democracy, peace and human rights, U.S. exceptionalism, securing stability, safety and security, acting as a world’s protector, or (re)assuring American people and allies of U.S. strength, support and loyalty. The analysis of the above concepts of discourse confirms the salience of this elementary American ideal and its direct connection to the formation of foreign policy via its immediate projection into it.
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