The interactions between popular culture and public policy in general, and foreign policy in particular, have always been an important area of scholarly enquiry and popular interest. However with the end of the bipolar world system and the emergence of a single world superpower in the form of the United States of America, which is waging a War Against Terror, this nexus has become critical. This is especially true because of the almost Manichean tendency of the United States to see other countries in terms of "good" or "evil". Indeed President Bush himself has coined the term "The Axis of Evil" for states, which in a kinder age were simply referred to by his predecessors as being "Rogue States".
This book draws together elements from several academic disciplines - politics, international relations, psychology, film and cultural studies and examines US foreign policy toward the so-called "rogue states" and the products of the Hollywood film industry in relation to these states, which promises to make a significant contribution to our understanding of the 'soft power' that is popular culture.
CONTENTS : The Carter Administration -- The Reagan Administration -- The Bush (41) Administration -- The Clinton Administration -- The Bush (43) Administration -- 2. The End of the Cold War: Rogue States and Their Characteristics -- 3. The Islamic Republic of Iran -- 4. The Republic of Cuba -- 5. The Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya -- 6. The Republic of Iraq -- 7. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea -- 8. The Republic of Sudan -- 9. The Syrian Arab Republic -- 10. Conclusion -- Appendix I. Transcripts of President Clinton's Two Speeches Following the U.S. Air Strikes against Sudan and Afghanistan -- Appendix II. Lists of films that have and have not received Pentagon assistance.
Field of Research
160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified 160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective
940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified