Maisonneuve Press seeks contributions for a forthcoming volume, tentatively titled Enduring Freedom or Enduring War. Contributions that focus on the new global conditions declared by the Bush administration in the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Center are welcome. We aim to place the current war in the context of long-standing US military and foreign policies.
We seek well-researched, authoritative work that avoids "presentism" and places recent policy in a deeper historical and analytic perspective. Essays should meet strict standards of scholarly research, while being written in a clear, lively style for a wide readership. The most suitable papers will address one of the themes below:
1. Oil interests. For several years, in think tanks like RAND, SAIS, CSIS, PNAC, etc. there's been an increasing demand that the US get its military into Central Asia and elsewhere to be sure that US/European oil companies dominate the development of oil fields and pipelines. Congress passed the Silk Road Act in 1999 and authorized military installations in Central Asia.
2. History of US involvement with Pakistani Intelligence, bin Laden, mujahadeen, and other non-conventional armies.
3. The "Bush Doctrine" - in a series of policy speeches and papers beginning with the address to graduates of West Point, Bush has articulated what is being called a new American foreign policy. It centers on preemptive or first-strike wars against any nation that rises to compete with or challenge US dominance in any area of the world. The doctrine also includes the militarization of space. The Pentagon's Joint Vision 2020 forecasts what the US military might look like in 17 years. Its slogan is "Full Spectrum Dominance." Actually these policies go back to the first Bush administration and are more related to Cheney.
4. A close reading of the policies of Operation Enduring Freedom. A look at all the documents, speeches, and actions that go under this rubric.
We seek to re-contextualize the discussion of Bush's War on Terrorism and get the focus back on the steady progress of US foreign policy. This war is not taking the US away from its long held plans but only taking us deeper into them.
Paper proposals (or complete essays) should be sent no later than May 1, 2003 either by mail or email attachment (Word document) to:
Department of American Studies
SUNY College at Old Westbury
Old Westbury, NY 11568 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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