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dc.contributor.advisorAbenheim, Donald
dc.contributor.authorKlein, Stefan
dc.dateJun-17
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-14T16:48:57Z
dc.date.available2017-08-14T16:48:57Z
dc.date.issued2017-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/55635
dc.description.abstractDuring the 2016 election campaign, President Donald J. Trump championed a policy of intervention and isolation in U.S. foreign policy, which aroused fears among European North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies about U.S. commitments to collective defense. This contentious issue points to a preference in certain political circles for an end to U.S. interventionism, which, from a foreign policy perspective, seems tantamount to isolationism. This thesis examines isolationism in the experience of statecraft and considers the potential implications of this nation's deeply rooted isolationist tendencies for continued U.S. security commitments to NATO. To trace the evolution of isolationism, this thesis analyzes case studies of U.S. decision-making prior to entering the First and Second World Wars, U.S. involvement in NATO after the Second World War, and resistance within the Senate to large numbers of U.S. troops in Europe in the 1960s and 1970s. The analysis includes consideration of congressional partisanship, public opinion, and domestic political issues in the shaping of U.S. foreign policy. This thesis concludes that domestic political issues dominate the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. The political agenda of the 2016 Trump campaign, as well as the first days of the administration, mirrored debates of the past, which should not surprise experts of U.S. political history.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/americfirstisola1094555635
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleAmerica first? Isolationism in U.S. foreign policy from the 19th to the 21st centuryen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderHalladay, Carolyn
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorisolationismen_US
dc.subject.authorneutralityen_US
dc.subject.authorinternationalismen_US
dc.subject.authorforeign policyen_US
dc.subject.authordomestic policyen_US
dc.subject.authorFirst World Waren_US
dc.subject.authorSecond World Waren_US
dc.subject.authorGreat Debateen_US
dc.subject.authorMansfielden_US
dc.subject.authorNATOen_US
dc.subject.authorburden sharingen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Colonel, German Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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