Strategic Narratives in US Public Diplomacy: A Critical Geopolitics

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The United States has historically held a unique, complex, and dynamic relationship to international geopolitical space. From the Monroe Doctrine to Cold War demarcations such as containment and détente, the United States has sought to define its geopolitical position in relation to other nations through narratives which have served as popular reference points for interpreting shifts in international power relations. Why, then, is it unable to produce a compelling story of geopolitical space for the 21st century? This article examines historical examples of geopolitical discourse used by the United States in promoting its foreign policies in order to explore the question of why post-9/11 narratives have failed to successfully build upon narratives of popular struggle against the Soviet Union. There are, however, historical examples which suggest possible directions for rejuvenation.


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  • Karlstad University
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  • Media and Communications
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-64
Number of pages17
JournalPopular Communication
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes