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The Forum

A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

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Weighing Bush's Foreign Policy

Jack R. Binns1

1Former U.S. Ambassador

Citation Information: The Forum. Volume 1, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, DOI: 10.2202/1540-8884.1001, June 2002

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Jack R. Binns, retired United States Ambassador, evaluates Bush’s foreign policy across the major regions, citing critical missteps in each case with the important exception of building ties with Russia. He also contrasts the Bush II presidency with that of Bush I, noting significant differences. The events of September 11 have made foreign policy decisions more complicated, but the president appears to have aggravated problems by continued emphasis on unilateralism, inconsistent policies and rhetorical excess that stirs anti-American sentiment in hot spots around the globe. Binns recommends a more disciplined approach, one that relies less on asserting U.S. military power and more on a strategic vision with clear priorities and attentive multilateral efforts to resolve regional problems.

Keywords: presidency; foreign policy

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