Drones and American Smart Power: International Hierarchy and the Policing of Risk
Roche, Michael 1990-
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This thesis analyzes the impacts of drones in state-level relations between the Obama administration and Middle Eastern states. Using a Foucauldian approach to security, which asserts that ‘the state’ exists as a set of practices that defines the border and the population of ‘the nation’, drones are examined through the Obama administration’s ‘Smart Power’ approach to foreign policy. In the discourses of many high-ranking officials within the administration, drones exist as a way for the American government to balance the withdrawal of military operations in the region while appearing to reduce the influence and impact of terrorist organizations. Because the United States discourses appear to be the authoritative, and therefore exclusively legitimate, voice on drones, the victims and persons who live under surveillance become excluded from important conversations about their continued use.
DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
CommitteeLabelle, Maurice; Mitchell, Matthew; Wheeler, Ronald; Hibbert, Neil
Copyright DateJune 2017
American Foreign Policy