2375 - America Astride the World: U.S. Foreign Policy 1990-2003
In a decade sometimes called America's “unipolar moment” because of its overwhelming and unrivaled international power, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush nevertheless found it very difficult to articulate and implement coherent and consistent foreign policies that were supported by the American public. Was America during these years the “world's policeman” or a “reluctant sheriff”? This lecture class with questions will analyze the First Gulf War; the humanitarian interventions in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo; the Rwandan genocide; the expansion of NATO; U.S.-Russian relations; efforts to accelerate globalization through NAFTA, the WTO, and other trade pacts; the 9/11 attacks and the ensuing “war on terror;” and the momentous decision to invade Iraq. Lecture (plus Questions)
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