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Diaspora Lobbies and the US Government: Convergence and Divergence in Making Foreign Policy - Social Science Research Council (Hardback)
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Diaspora Lobbies and the US Government: Convergence and Divergence in Making Foreign Policy - Social Science Research Council (Hardback)

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As a nation ofimmigrants, the United States has long accepted that citizens who identify withan ancestral homeland may hold dual loyalties; yet Americans have at timesregarded the persistence of foreign ties with suspicion, seeing them as a sign ofpotential disloyalty and a threat to national security. Diaspora Lobbies and the US Government bringstogether a group of distinguished scholars of international politics andinternational migration to examine this contradiction in the realm of Americanpolicy making, ultimately concluding that the relationship between diasporagroups and the government can greatly affect foreign policy. This relationshipis not unidirectional-as much as immigrants make an effort to shape foreignpolicy, government legislators and administrators also seek to enlist them infurthering American interests. From Israel to Cuba and from Ireland to Iraq, the casestudies in this volume illustrate how potential or ongoing conflicts raise thestakes for successful policy outcomes. Contributors provide historical andsociological context, gauging the influence of diasporas based on populationsize and length of time settled in the United States, geographic concentration,access to resources from their own members or through other groups, and thenature of their involvement back in their homelands. This collection brings a freshperspective to a rarely discussed aspect of the design of US foreign policy andoffers multiple insights into dynamics that may determine how the United Stateswill engage other nations in future decades.

Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN: 9781479818761
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm


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"The array of case studies on Diaspora groups in the US inthis edited volume provides not only critical insights into the evolution andstatus of those groups, but also offers astute analyses of their diverse andcomplex relationships with the US government as they seek to influence policytoward the homeland. Framed throughoutby a well-articulated `divergence/convergence' analytical approach, this volumefacilitates comparative analysis and is a must-read for anyone engaged withissues related to Diaspora populations and transnational migration."-Robert E. Maguire,author of Haiti Held Hostage
"These thoughtful essays carefully focus on the constraints diaspora groups face as they engage in foreign policy in their host and home countries.The book's emphasis on the how US state actors interact with diasporic groups underscores why such groups are less threatening to US interests than is often assumed."-Rodolfo de la Garza,author of Latinos and U.S. Foreign Policy: Lobbying for the Homeland?

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