The Politics of Policy: The Obama Doctrine and the Arab Spring
Tyler, Hannah Elizabeth
Submission to the Friends of Fondren Library Undergraduate Research Awards, 2017. This paper was originally prepared for Course HIST 436 (Fall 2016): America in the Middle East, given by Professor Citino, Department of History.
The purpose of the paper is to examine the Obama Doctrine and establish a clearer definition of what it is by contextualizing it through the lens of other presidential doctrines, the schools of realism and idealism. In addition, it seeks to establish specific tenets of the Obama Doctrine, as well as identify the contradictions present within the Obama Doctrine. I will then examine Obama’s arc of disenchantment with the Arab Spring, explaining how his arc of disenchantment affected the way he made policy regarding the Middle East.