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(p. 479) 21. US Predominance and the Search for a Post-Cold War Order 

(p. 479) 21. US Predominance and the Search for a Post-Cold War Order
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(p. 479) 21. US Predominance and the Search for a Post-Cold War Order
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John W. Young

and John Kent

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780199693061.003.0027
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date: 13 December 2019

This chapter focuses on the United States’s predominance and the search for order in the post-Cold War period. George H. W. Bush, who came to power in January 1989, concentrated on world affairs and had a series of foreign successes before the end of 1991. Bush’s cautious, pragmatic, orderly approach carried both advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand he escaped any major disasters abroad and avoided antagonizing the Soviet Union or rekindling the Cold War. On the other hand, he seemed to be undynamic and at the mercy of events — he failed to provide a sense of overall direction to US foreign policy once the Cold War ended. The chapter first considers US foreign policy in the 1990s before discussing the Gulf War of 1990–1991, US–Soviet relations in the 1990s, US policy towards the ‘rogue states’ during the time of Bill Clinton, and ‘humanitarian intervention’ in Somalia and Haiti.

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