The Politics of Foreign Policy

Hal Brands

in From Berlin to Baghdad

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124629
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134925 | DOI:
The Politics of Foreign Policy

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This chapter discusses the question of whether the lack of a rhetorical paradigm in foreign policy might complicate the attempts of the administration to justify its individual diplomatic initiatives. Strobe Talbott acknowledged the fact that if they were not motivated by a clear threat or a compelling goal, Americans tended to lose interest in foreign affairs. This discussion shows that the rhetorical shortcomings of Bill Clinton's strategy brought about a significant diminution of his power in foreign affairs. It also states that Clinton's inability to maintain control of U.S. policy indicated a failure to overcome the post-Cold War dilemma that he had inherited.

Keywords: rhetorical paradigm; foreign policy; diplomatic initiatives; Strobe Talbott; Bill Clinton; foreign affairs; strategy; post-Cold War dilemma

Chapter.  11783 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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