American Exceptionalism and US Foreign Policy: Public by S. McEvoy-Levy

By S. McEvoy-Levy

The publication examines a serious time and position in fresh international heritage (the finish of the chilly battle) and the concepts and values hired within the public international relations of the Bush and Clinton Administrations to construct household and overseas consensus. It offers perception into the makes use of of Presidential energy and offers a version and an indication of ways the position of rhetoric can be utilized to check the international coverage of the U.S..

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However, between April and October 1990 there was a gradual (R)evolution of an Idea 41 but persistent rise in consensus that the East±West relationship was irreversibly changed. By the autumn of 1990, polls suggested that for the first time, the majority of Americans believed the Cold War to be at an end. 122 And from January 1990, a sizeable proportion of those polled, 46 per cent, had believed it unlikely that the United States would be engaged in a nuclear war within the decade. However, cautious optimism about international affairs contrasted sharply with record levels of pessimism about the future of the United States itself.

While `post-Cold War' President Bush was criticized, Cold War presidents Carter and Nixon were rehabilitated at conferences and in the media in what seemed to be one further proof of the dismantlement of the Cold War. At Hofstra University, President Carter was reevaluated at a three-day conference and previously criticized `qualities', in particular his `ethics', were applauded as newly desirable Presidential attributes. 115 The best-known defense of the `pyrrhic victory' idea examined the consequences of the end of the Cold War for Europe and the Transatlantic alliance.

1 To state that America is an ideology is to argue that a set of ideas that epitomize the American way of life and values (usually freedom, egalitarianism, individualism, populism, and laissez-faire are listed2) drive every policy decision; that it is relative to these ideas that the world is explained. Such a claim does not necessarily undervalue the importance of factors such as bureaucratic politics, organizational process, agenda-setting, and international system pressures, for by its nature an ideology functions both within and between these processes.

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