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Title: U.S. foreign policy discourse and the Israel lobby : the Clinton administration and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process
Author: Kiely, Keith Peter
ISNI:       0000 0004 5371 6299
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis examines the role played by the pro-Israel lobby during the Clinton Presidency, a time which could be described as one the most crucial moments in the history of United States involvement of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Overall, this research challenges the idea of an all-powerful or monolithic "Israel Lobby", a concept most famously put forward by Mearsheimer and Walt (2006, 2007). The thesis argues that understanding how it is possible for United States foreign policy to operate in a seemingly consistent pro-Israel direction, requires a consideration of American identity and the various but limited types of structured foreign policy discourse(s) this identity creates. I argue that the visibility of pro-Israel groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) stems from its ability to operate within and utilise existing themes within foreign policy discourse to reproduce, reinforce and amplify representations of subjects and objects and strategic priorities in ways which are compatible with policy preferences.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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