Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pg. 99: Raymond Taras's "Fear and the Making of Foreign Policy"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Fear and the Making of Foreign Policy: Europe and Beyond by Raymond Taras.

About the book, from the publisher:
Can a society's fear of foreigners engender xenophobic foreign policy?

This is a book about conflicts and fears: how domestic reasons are drawing countries in Europe into international events. There has been much research into why the U.S. and U.K. militaries intervened in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflict zones. But what explains France's newfound international activism, which is taking its military to Libya, Mali and deeper into Africa? Why has Poland become deeply engaged in Ukraine's politics? Why is Sweden, which has not fought a war since 1814, concerned with the fierce internal wars in Iraq and Syria? Can these actions be explained as countries simply protecting their national interests, or has domestic xenophobia also be playing a part?

In Fear and the Making of Foreign Policy, Raymond Taras explains the causal mechanisms propelling these three EU states to become engaged in outside conflicts and tells the story of when and why xenophobia at home is converted into xenophobia abroad.
Visit Ray Taras's website. His recent books include Xenophobia and Islamophobia in Europe (Edinburgh University Press); and (editor) Challenging multiculturalism: European models of diversity (Edinburgh University Press).

The Page 99 Test: Xenophobia and Islamophobia in Europe.

The Page 99 Test: Fear and the Making of Foreign Policy.

--Marshal Zeringue