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Peter Cooper Thesis - Foreign Policy in Saudi Arabia and Iraq

Peter Cooper Thesis - Foreign Policy in Saudi Arabia and Iraq

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This study looks at the domestic factors of American foreign policy, specifically examining the role of public opinion, the national security interest, weapons sales, and lobbying. Major weapons corporations like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are examined in an attempt to see if large corporations affect the United States foreign policy. American foreign policy is measured on a hawkish-dovish basis and the study finds that negative public opinion and increased military spending leads to a more hawkish foreign policy. However, data on lobbying and weapons sales seems to be inconclusive on its effect on American foreign policy.
This study looks at the domestic factors of American foreign policy, specifically examining the role of public opinion, the national security interest, weapons sales, and lobbying. Major weapons corporations like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are examined in an attempt to see if large corporations affect the United States foreign policy. American foreign policy is measured on a hawkish-dovish basis and the study finds that negative public opinion and increased military spending leads to a more hawkish foreign policy. However, data on lobbying and weapons sales seems to be inconclusive on its effect on American foreign policy.

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DOMESTIC FACTORS OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
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Influencing theUnited States
 An inquiry into the domestic factors of American foreign policy toward Saudi Arabia and IraqPeter Cooper Elon University 
 
DOMESTIC FACTORS OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
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Table of Contents
Abstract
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Introduction
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Review of Relevant Literature
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 Public Opinion ........................................................................................................................... 11National Interest ....................................................................................................................... 13Economic Conditions ................................................................................................................. 16Special Interest Groups ............................................................................................................. 18
Research Design
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 Public Opinion ........................................................................................................................... 22National Security Spending ....................................................................................................... 22Existence of Weapondollar Coalition ........................................................................................ 23Lobbying .................................................................................................................................... 23
Analysis of Data
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Conclusion
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Bibliography
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Appendix
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DOMESTIC FACTORS OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
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Abstract
 
This study looks at the domestic factors of American foreign policy,specifically examining the role of public opinion, the national securityinterest, weapons sales, and lobbying. Major weapons corporations likeLockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are examined in an attempt tosee if large corporations affect the United States foreign policy. Americanforeign policy is measured on a hawkish-dovish basis and the study findsthat negative public opinion and increased military spending leads to amore hawkish foreign policy. However, data on lobbying and weaponssales seems to be inconclusive on its effect on American foreign policy.
 

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