Value-based American Foreign Policy

Eskil Hvidsten Ferslev, Camilla Knappmann, Frida Videbæk Jensen, Helene Olsen, Jens Døssing & Marysia Grabowska

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project focuses on researching whether or not Samuel P. Huntington’s concept of “Civilizations” can be traced in the American foreign policy expressed in three speeches by the American Presidents, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton and George W. Bush. The three speeches are from 1990-2003 and all relate to American involvement in Iraq. The speeches are: “Address Before a Joint Session of Congress (September 11, 1990)” By George H.W. Bush, “Transcript: President Clinton explains Iraq strike. (December 16, 1998)” By William J. Clinton “President Bush announces Major Combat Operations in Iraq have ended.(May 1st, 2003)” By George W. Bush Therefore the project is a case study. Discourse analysis is used to try and investigate the cases, and it attempts to explain whether Huntington’s concept of “Civilizations” is expressed in the discourses of the Presidents. In relation to the discourse analysis, the project also investigates, by using Paul A. Sabatier’s Advocacy Coalition Framework, the belief system of the three presidents and also their values expressed in the speeches. After the discourse analysis, the three speeches are compared, and set in relation to Huntington’s concept of “Civilizations” and Lars Erslev Andersen’s civilization strategies. The conclusion of the project states that although Huntington’s concept of “Civilizations” can be traced in the speeches it is not a concept that is constantly present. However, all the Presidents take a stand towards Huntington’s concept of “Civilizations” although they do not use his exact concept.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato13 jan. 2012


  • Discourse Analysis
  • Samuel P. Huntington
  • Advocacy Coalition Framework
  • American Foreign Policy
  • "Clash of Civilizations"