Still Innocents Abroad: The Relationship between Anti-Americanism and American Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Kennedy, Kelly (2015) Still Innocents Abroad: The Relationship between Anti-Americanism and American Foreign Policy in the Middle East. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Jeff Carter from Political Science, University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

In this thesis, the author examined the relationship between anti-American sentiment and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. The author first constructed a literature review on anti-Americanism, including sections discussing its definition, conceptualization, measurement techniques, and known sources. From this literature review, the author created her own definition of anti-Americanism and a hypothesis that anti-Americanism is endogenous to U.S. foreign policy—anti-Americanism may increase or decrease depending on changes to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. The author then used a quantitative comparison of survey data and two qualitative case studies to test her hypothesis. The comparison of survey data concluded there is a correlation between anti-Americanism and U.S. foreign policy. Data measuring anti-American sentiment and positive views of American policies had a negative relationship, indicating high anti-American sentiment correlated to disapproval of policies. However, the methods used to show this correlation were not capable of indicating the direction of the relationship. In the case studies, the author showed that spikes in anti-Americanism over time correlated to shifts in American policies that had a real or perceived adverse effect on the populations within the Middle East. The results from the case studies was much more clear, and they indicated both a correlation between the two factors and the endogeneity of anti-Americanism. The author concluded with the results of her research, as well as recommendations for how future research might benefit from her difficulties.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Kennedy, Kelly
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in International Studies and Arabic
Thesis Advisor: Jeff Carter
Thesis Advisor's Department: Political Science
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email kkennedy@go.olemiss.edu
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 16:18
Last Modified: 07 May 2015 16:18
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/378

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