Class9 - Bureaucratic Politics and International Conflict...

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Bureaucratic Politics …and International Conflict U.S. Policy against Terrorism Before the 9/11 attacks, US policy on terrorism was uncoordinated. Difficulties in sharing information across CIA and FBI Erratic nature of US action against Bin Laden and Al Qaida Bureaucracies and Foreign Policy States are not unitary actors; their governments are complex organizations with their own political interests. State leaders sit atop these organizations and receive their information and options from them. How these organizations operate affects what leaders know and their menu of choices. There are two elements of this view: Organizational Process Government Politics Organizational Process Organizations have limited power and responsibilities and parochial views. State vs. DoD vs. CIA in US government Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) Problems are fit to solutions. Difficulty in coordinating organizations
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