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National Missile Defence and the Politics of US IdentityA Poststructural Critique$
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Natalie Bormann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074707

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074707.001.0001

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Introduction: national missile defence (NMD) and IR

Introduction: national missile defence (NMD) and IR

(p.1) Introduction: national missile defence (NMD) and IR
National Missile Defence and the Politics of US Identity

Natalie Bormann

Manchester University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the National Missile Defence (NMD) Act of 1999, which established in law the policies of sending a missile defence system as soon as it was technologically possible; addresses the questions of identity and how one should make sense of the NMD; and introduces international relations. It then looks at the link between national identity and foreign policy, before the chapter ends with an outline of the following chapters.

Keywords:   National Missile Defence, missile defence system, questions of identity, international relations, national identity, foreign policy

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