Navigating The Post-Cold War World

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $71.33
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (5) from $71.33   
  • New (4) from $71.33   
  • Used (1) from $82.16   


Jason A. Edwards explores the various rhetorical choices and strategies employed by former President Bill Clinton to discuss foreign policy issues in a new, post-Cold War era. Edwards argues that each American president has situated himself within the same foreign policy paradigm, drawing upon the same set of ideas and utilizing the same basic vernacular to discuss foreign policy. He describes how former presidents-and President Clinton, in particular-made modifications to this paradigm, leaving a rhetorical signature that tells us as much about the nature of their presidency as it does about the international environment they faced. With the end of the Cold War came the end of a relatively stable international order. This end sparked intense debates about the new direction of American foreign policy. As Bill Clinton took office, he developed a new lexicon of words in order to discuss America's changing role in the world and other major international issues of the time without being able to fall into Cold War-era rhetoric. By examining the nuances and unique contributions President Clinton made to American foreign policy rhetoric, Edwards shows how his distinct rhetorical signature will influence future administrations.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Jim A. Kuypers
Jason A. Edwards offers a solid reading of the shifting rhetorical landscape faced by President Clinton as he sought to wrestle with America's role in the post-Cold War world. This is a comprehensive and well-thought out work that should hold interest to those seeking to better understand presidential rhetoric in a post-Cold War world. Edwards should be congratulated for tackling such a project.
Vanessa B. Beasley
Jason Edwards argues that as the 'first true post-Cold War president,' Bill Clinton faced unique challenges within the realm of foreign policy. In Navigating the Post–Cold War World, Edwards reveals how Clinton repeatedly met these rhetorical challenges. This well-written book offers readers new insights into the Clinton presidency. Edwards' analysis of Clinton's rhetoric is both persuasive and provocative.
Joseph M. Valenzano III
This is a timely book, and a necessary read for anyone interested in understanding contemporary American presidential foreign policy rhetoric. Edwards's exploration of the Clinton presidency provides insight into how presidents understand the world around them. He gives an excellent analysis of how Clinton interpreted America and its role in the world during a period where, for the first time in fifty years, America needed direction and focus in the international arena. Edwards demonstrates how Clinton's presidency bridges the rhetorical gap between the two defining global paradigms of the past sixty years—the Cold War and the War on Terror.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Jason A. Edwards is assistant professor in the department of communication studies at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1. Presidential Rhetoric and America's Foreign Policy Vocabulary Chapter 4 2. Staying the Course as World Leader by Intertwining America's Exceptionalist Missions Chapter 5 3. Managing Chaos: Rhetorical Flexibility in Arguments for the Use of Force Chapter 6 4. Renewing the Liberal International Order as Clintonian Grand Strategy Chapter 7 5. Conclusions Chapter 8 Bibliography

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)