The truman doctrine redux: 21st century american foreign policy in the middle east and vicinity
Author: Vassilios Damiras
Date Published: 12.12.14
This article analyzes the geostrategic and geopolitical significance of the Truman Doctrine, and its 21st century application to current American involvement in the Middle East. Moreover, since this specific policy combined the theoretical principals of realism and idealism, it is argued that Harry S. Truman created the foundations of American liberal imperialism in his readiness to fight Soviet/Slavic communism as an ideological menace in the Balkans and Greece’s immediate geographic vicinity. Parallels will be drawn between the Truman Doctrine’s resistance toward communism of the late 1940s, and the Bush administration’s focus on counter-terrorism.