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Democracy at RiskHow Terrorist Threats Affect the Public$
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Jennifer L. Merolla and Elizabeth J. Zechmeister

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226520544

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226520568.001.0001

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Engage Abroad, Protect at Home

Engage Abroad, Protect at Home

(p.157) 6 Engage Abroad, Protect at Home
Democracy at Risk
University of Chicago Press

In his 2002 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush outlined the need for dual objectives in the war on terror. The first goal is to engage abroad in order to ensure that nations are not allowed to harbor and support terrorists, that terrorist training camps are shut down, and that terrorists are brought to justice. The second goal is to protect at home, pursuing measures such as securing the border and improving airport security. Immediately following 9/11, a majority of Americans believed that it was necessary to sacrifice some personal freedoms for the sake of the war on terrorism. This chapter investigates the extent to which Bush's dual foreign policy objectives are selected, advocated, or otherwise championed by individuals facing a terrorist threat. Using survey and experimental data from the United States and Mexico, it analyzes preferences for engaging abroad and preferences concerning protecting the homeland. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the results and their implications for democracy.

Keywords:   foreign policy, United States, George W. Bush, terrorism, terrorist threat, democracy, Mexico, war on terror, security

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