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Clinton, New Terrorism and the Origins of the War on Terror

1st Edition

By Chin-Kuei Tsui


178 pages

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A frequent assumption of the American-led ‘war on terror’ and its accompanying discourse originated largely with the George W. Bush Administration, and that there was a counterterrorism policy revolution in the U.S. political arena. Challenging these assumptions, through a genealogical analysis of U.S. terrorism and counterterrorism discourses, this book demonstrates a distinct continuity (and lack of change) of U.S. counterterrorism policy, from Ronald Reagan, to Bill Clinton, and through to George W. Bush.

The book focuses on President Clinton’s discursive construction of ‘new terrorism’, or ‘catastrophic terrorism’, and the counterterrorism practices implemented by the Clinton Administration, while simultaneously comparing it with President Reagan’s and President George W. Bush’s approaches to counterterrorism. It shows how the war on terror can be traced to earlier periods, and that the so-called Bush revolution was largely built upon the existing framework established by President Reagan and President Clinton. Prior to the 2001 terrorist attacks, Clinton had expanded Reagan’s first ‘war on terrorism’ discourse and constructed the ‘new terrorism’ discourse, characterised by the notions of borderless threats, ‘home-grown’ terrorism, WMD-terrorism, cyberterrorism, and rogue states. Clinton’s ‘new terrorism’ discourse provided a useful framework for George W. Bush to discursively respond to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.

Aiming to uncover the myth of President George W. Bush’s foreign policy revolution and contribute to a deeper historical understanding of the U.S.-led war on terror, it will be of great use to postgraduates and scholars of US foreign policy, security studies and terrorism studies.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Origins of the War on Terror and the Myth of President George W. Bush’s Foreign Policy Revolution

Chapter 2 Framing the Threat of New Terrorism: The Invention of U.S. Terrorism Discourse, and President Clinton’s Counterterrorism Approach

Chapter 3 Conceptualisating Terrorist Attacks: Metaphors, Frames, and President Clinton’s Counterterrorism Initiatives

Chapter 4 Framing the Threat of Rogue States: Iraq, Iran, and Clinton’s Dual-Containment Approach to Middle East Peace

Chapter 5 Writing American National Identity: Narratives and the Social Construction of Terrorism as a Negative Ideograph

Chapter 6 Rethinking the Discursive Construction of Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Theoretical Reflections and Implications


About the Author

Chin-Kuei Tsui is a postdoctoral fellow at Institute of Strategic and International Affairs, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. His research interests are U.S. foreign and security policies, the American-led war on terror, and critical terrorism studies. His post-doc research focuses on President Obama’s counter-extremism initiatives.

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