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From Berlin to BaghdadAmerica's Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World$
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Hal Brands

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124629

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124629.001.0001

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Full Circle

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From Berlin to Baghdad

Hal Brands

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the attempts of the next administration to handle U.S. policy and the unsettling precedent of the Clinton years. However, the Bush administration drew directly on the lessons of the 1990s in framing an expansive response to 9/11. George H. W. Bush took care to avoid his predecessor's error of failing to articulate a persuasive, overarching conception of the international role of the United States. The nation slowly returned to a foreign policy that was no less clear or straightforward than containment, and the Americans also subscribed to Bush's worldview.

Keywords:   U.S. policy, Clinton years, Bush administration, response to 9/11, George H. W. Bush, international role, foreign policy, containment, worldview

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