Why America Misunderstands the World: National Experience and Roots of Misperception

Author
Paul R. Pillar
Content Type
Book
Institution
Columbia University Press
Abstract
Drawing a line from colonial events to America's handling of modern international terrorism, Pillar shows how presumption and misperception bolstered the "with us or against us" attitude of the George W. Bush administration. Fundamental misunderstandings have created a cycle in which threats are underestimated before an attack occurs and then are overestimated after they happen. By exposing this longstanding tradition of misperception, Pillar hopes the United States can develop policies that better address international realities rather than biased beliefs.
Topic
International Relations, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Government, United States
Publication Identifier
9780231540353
Publication Identifier Type
ISBN
Political Geography
United States, Global Focus