This study examines executive foreign policy decision-making in the United States in order to investigate the most influential factors that affect the degree of commitment of U.S. interventions in genocide. This analysis applies the poliheuristic theory to the executive decisions made in response to the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica, Bosnia, through a multi-method research approach, incorporating process tracing of primary source documents and archival research. This study shows that domestic pressures, especially appeasement of the selectorate, the most prominent influences affecting the commitment and type of intervention executed. Application of poliheuristic theory to these cases also shows that factors such as the influence of advisor(s), international pressure, media attention, and advocacy efforts appear to play a minimal role in influencing the Clinton Administration. The results of this study are significant for international relations theory, as well as informing strategies of advocacy and policy response to cases of genocide.
Kittner, Elizabeth Paige, "Responding to Genocide: A Poliheuristic Analysis of U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making" (2016). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7111.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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