Atlas Shoved: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Decline of World Politics

Dr. James A. Mitchell
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The thesis here is that the conduct of US foreign relations since January 2001 has served to greatly erode the legitimacy of global relations. This is not a particularly novel position, certainly. What might be novel though is the contention here that the change is not transitory. It is structural. It is as structural as the transition to the Cold War position of containment from post-war mulitlateralism. A sea change was reached with the events of 9/11 and the subsequent "war against terror" that has woven unilateralism into the fabric of the US foreign policy posture. What makes it even more insidious is that it is unilateralism operating under the guise of multilateralism. No US administration, however well-intentioned, will be able to chang this course in the near-term and survive.

Keywords: US Foreign Policy
Stream: Politics, Public Policy and Law
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. James A. Mitchell

Professor, Department of Political Science, California State University, Northridge
Northridge, California, USA

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