Diaspora Lobbies and the US Government: Convergence and Divergence in Making Foreign Policy

As a nation of immigrants, the United States has long accepted that citizens who identify with an ancestral homeland may hold dual loyalties; yet Americans have at times regarded the persistence of foreign ties with suspicion, seeing them as a sign of potential disloyalty and a threat to national security. Diaspora Lobbies and the US Government examines this contradiction in the realm of American policymaking and finds that the relationship between diaspora groups and the government can greatly affect foreign policy. This relationship is not unidirectional—as much as immigrants make an effort to shape foreign policy, government legislators and administrators also seek to enlist them in furthering American interests. From Israel to Cuba and from Ireland to Iraq, this collection brings a fresh perspective to the design of US foreign policy and offers insights into dynamics that may determine how the United States will engage other nations in future decades.

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