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Foreign Policy, Inc.Privatizing America's National Interest$
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Lawrence Davidson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125244

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125244.001.0001

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The Factocracy Diversifies

The Factocracy Diversifies

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Foreign Policy, Inc.

Lawrence Davidson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines several ethnic and ideological lobby groups and how they work to influence the country's foreign policy. These groups include the American Friends of Vietnam, which stood for the American anticommunist ideology, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and the American Hellenic Institute, which lobbied for anti-Turkish legislation for its invasion of Cyprus, and the neoconservative lobby, which advocates the use of military power to promote liberal democracy in other countries. The success and failure of these groups lie in their ability to complement their demands in terms of the prevailing thought collective. When such groups are powerfully organized, well-funded, and have a staying power that maintains effectiveness for decades on end, their parochial interests end up defining national interest at all levels of foreign policy formulation.

Keywords:   foreign policy formulation, factocracy, lobby groups, special interests, anticommunist ideology, ethnic solidarity, neoconservatism

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