chapter  2
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International Relations eory Meets World Politics

ByGERARD ALEXANDER

However it is dened, the Bush Doctrine and neoconservative thinking are said to diverge sharply from the other major schools of foreign policy thought, especially realism.5 is chapter argues, in contrast, that the Bush Doctrine is not nearly so radical a departure. e Bush Doctrine foreign policy shares core ontological assumptions with major streams of realist thought, varies in several subassumptions, and adds a very small number of supplementary assumptions to the mix. As in all theoretical matters, devils can easily lurk in these details, but details are the measure of the distance separating these approaches within the broad realist tradition. Specically, the neoconservative foreign

policy thinking embodied in the Doctrine is a variant of realism, specically a variant of a variant of realism, “balance-of-threat” realism.