Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Timothy Farrow

Second Advisor

Dr. Brian Schaffner


It is commonly thought that presidential doctrines set a precedent for the country to follow. These doctrines are intended to reflect the attitudes, and values of not only the president in power, but the best interests of the United States in general. Using public opinion surveys, historical documents, and current news articles and books, I will analyze the Truman Doctrine, enunciated in 1947, and the Bush Doctrine, put forth in 2001. In doing so, I hope to compare military actions justified using both doctrines, and point out what I see to be the flaws and triumphs of the Bush Doctrine; which, in the end, will give explanation for why military action sought against Iraq was taken.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access