The Bush Foreign Policy 2001-2003: Unilateralist Theory in a Multilateral World, and the Opportunity for Change Offered by Iraq

10 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2006

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Michael J. Kelly

Creighton University School of Law; American Bar Association, Business Law Section; American Society of International Law

Abstract

The foreign policy of president George W. Bush's first term has been characterized by his black/white unilaterilist view of the world. This has damaged America's image abroad immensely and hobbled the ability of the U.S. to achieve key foreign policy goals. This paper examines that unfortunate phenomenon and considers the multilaterist approach advocated by Secretary of State Powell in dealing with Iraq to be a possible turning point for American foreign policy that would be missed if the U.S. unilaterally invades the country without U.N. or allied backing.

Keywords: Iraq, Bush, foreign policy, Colin Powell, unilateralist, multilateralist, United Nations, NATO, Kyoto, International Criminal Court, ABM treaty, Security Council

Suggested Citation

Kelly, Michael J., The Bush Foreign Policy 2001-2003: Unilateralist Theory in a Multilateral World, and the Opportunity for Change Offered by Iraq. Washington University Global Studies Law Review, Vol. 2, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=920882

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