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U.S. foreign policy can be viewed through the lens of local U.S. politics, even if that lens occasionally distorts a more detached and “realist” analysis. The group-based perspectives of Smith (2000) and Shain (1999) describe instances of diaspora lobbies influencing policies that have seemed inconsistent with U.S. national interests. Scholars have wondered whether, in an increasingly multicultural nation, U.S. foreign policy will reflect consistent national interests or become intermittently captured by ethnic groupings in the United States (Ruggie 1997; Shain 1994; Clough 1994).


King, David C., and Miles Pomper. "Congress and the Contingent Influence of Diaspora Lobbies: U.S. Foreign Policy toward Armenia and Azerbaijan." Journal of Armenian Studies (Summer 2004).