Andrew Boutton And David B. Carter Essay

755 Words Nov 19th, 2015 4 Pages
Andrew Boutton and David B. Carter attempt to analyze the popular belief that the United States provides financial aid to globally fight terrorism. There have been several different studies in the past with varied deductions on the connection between how it is determined which state receives aid, in what way this aid affects terrorism in the aided state, and if the U.S. truly follows its foreign policy based upon President Bush’s statement that the war on terrorism will not end until “every terrorist group…has been found, stopped, and defeated.” In their article they attempt to connect these past studies with new ones in an effort to see whether or not the U.S.’s role has changed since the September 11 attacks by analyzing thirty years of data associated with the statements made by Lake (2007, 2009a, 2009b). Boutton and Carter contend two primary things: that the U.S. aids states based upon the security threat to the U.S. not alliances, and that there is a connection between aid and terrorism.
Literature Review Boutton and Carter compared American foreign policy regarding building alliances during the Cold War era and in the 1990s against the alliances of today to see if there has been a shift in foreign policy. During the Cold War the United States helped only the allies that they viewed as “strategically important” (Bueno de Mesuita and Smith 2009; Boschini and Olofsgard). Using Lake’s statement that an aided state gives up some of its power to the aiding state for…

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