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dc.contributor.authorTeodorescu-Badia, Alexandruen
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:34:41Zen
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:34:41Zen
dc.date.issued2006-04-19en
dc.identifier.otheretd-05012006-082545en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32076en
dc.description.abstractInternational Relations in modernity have undergone phases of nation-state struggle and, more recently, globalized conflict. Theorists have used the paradigms of idealism and realism to explain state actor motivations in such conflicts; yet in the early 21st century, the United States initiated regime change in Iraq with claims of necessity pertaining to morality and security that could not be adequately explained using either framework. This thesis postulates that a paradigm shift in International Relations, as described by John Vasquez via Thomas Kuhn, is occurring as evidenced by the conduct of United States foreign policy towards Iraq. This new paradigmatic approach, which Edward Weisband has titled Hegemonic Moralism, is analyzed in this thesis, explicating the ontological assumptions and policy initiatives made by the United States administration in the lead-up to the Second Gulf War. Hegemonic Moralism clashes with the realist beliefs underpinning Germanyâ s foreign policy during the same time period: with the threat of Anglo- American neo-liberal dominance in the Middle East a distinct possibility, Germany realigned its allies to forestall and de-legitimize looming U.S. regime change in Iraq. An analysis of realist theory and its assumptions of human and nation-state behaviour leads into an explication of the paradigm of US Hegemonic Moralism, comparing it with the realist behaviour exhibited by Germany. I suggest that descriptions of German sociopolitical discourse after the September 11 2001 attacks on the US and prior to the Second Gulf War convincingly show Germanyâ s social and political readiness to oppose the hegemonic neo-liberal Anglo-American paradigm.en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.haspartATB_thesis_complete_April06.pdfen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectRealismen
dc.subjectHegemonic Moralismen
dc.subjectInternational Relationsen
dc.titleRealism and Hegemonic Moralism: Germany and the United States in the Build-Up to the Second Gulf Waren
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentPolitical Scienceen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen
dc.contributor.committeechairWeisband, Edwarden
dc.contributor.committeememberNelson, Scott C.en
dc.contributor.committeememberLuke, Timothy W.en
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05012006-082545/en
dc.date.sdate2006-05-01en
dc.date.rdate2006-05-24en
dc.date.adate2006-05-24en


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