A rhetorical history of the North Korean nuclear crisis: How three presidents talked about the bomb

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dc.contributor.advisor Jarman, Jeffrey en_US
dc.contributor.author Hamilton, Cade
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-26T23:32:13Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-26T23:32:13Z
dc.date.copyright 2008 en
dc.date.issued 2008-05
dc.identifier.other t08016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/2035
dc.description Thesis [M.A.] - Wichita State University, College of Liberal Arts and Science, Elliot School of Communication en
dc.description.abstract This research attempted to analyze the North Korean nuclear crisis using a rhetorical history that evaluated the discursive framings of the George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush administrations. I used an inductive format to use rhetorical criticism to create interpretive lenses for each presidential administration. Studying each presidential administration’s rhetoric provided for a number of thematic elements that informed the context of the crisis. I found the George H.W. Bush administration deployed a rhetoric of compliance. This rhetorical frame failed to meet the needs of the North Koreans to be seen as legitimate. The William J. Clinton administration used a rhetoric of negotiation. Clinton’s rhetorical posture was unable to account for the suspicions of the Republican Congress elected in 1996 that derailed the Agreed Framework of 1994. The George W. Bush administration utilized a rhetoric of verification. George W. Bush’s rhetorical choices produced the six-party accord, but ultimately may not be able to satisfy the need for complete transparency. This is especially true in light of the events surrounding North Korea and Syria’s nuclear program. It was concluded that each presidential administration failed to satisfy the exigency of the situation due to a number of constraints. By studying these rhetorical constraints, scholars can better understand the role that presidential rhetoric and history play in how events unfold. en
dc.format.extent vi, 85 leaves, ill. en
dc.format.extent 350975 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Wichita State University en
dc.subject.lcsh Electronic dissertations en
dc.title A rhetorical history of the North Korean nuclear crisis: How three presidents talked about the bomb en
dc.type Thesis en

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