Unilateralism and U. S. Foreign Policy: International Perspectives

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Arguing that US foreign policy should be informed by a deeper appreciation of the way the US is perceived abroad, international scholars from the fields of international relations, economic policy, and law, as well as diplomats and senior governmental advisors elucidate the manner in which US unilateralism is perceived abroad; some of the reactions that US policies have stimulated in other countries; and the likely consequences of this dynamic for US national interests and international institutions. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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This book explores how American unilateralism is perceived abroad and the likely consequences for international order. Focusing on the policies pursued by the Clinton and current Bush administrations, these foreign observers see an unwelcome trend toward a go-it-alone approach. Chapters focus on the full diversity of policy areas: treaties and international law, alliance cooperation, economics and development, and regional partnerships. In each instance, America's ambivalence toward multilateral commitment is on display. For example, German legal scholar Nico Krisch sees a growing cleavage between the American role in making international law and the United States' willingness to abide by it. The book also makes the important point that unilateralism did not begin with the Bush administration. Most of the authors criticize American unilateralism as short-sighted and argue that a systematic turn to unilateralism will have grave consequences for international order and the long-term American position.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Unilateralism and U.S. Foreign Policy: International Perspectives 1
2 A Decade of U.S. Unilateralism? 19
3 Weak as Constraint, Strong as Tool: The Place of International Law in U.S. Foreign Policy 41
4 The United States and the International Criminal Court 71
5 Credibility at Stake: Domestic Supremacy in U.S. Human Rights Policy 95
6 Unilateralism, Multilateralism, and U.S. Drug Diplomacy in Latin America 117
7 The United Nations and the United States: An Indispensable Partnership 139
8 UN Peace Operations and U.S. Unilateralism and Multilateralism 153
9 The Unilateral and Multilateral Use of Force by the United States 181
10 In Search of Absolute Security: U.S. Nuclear Policy 201
11 U.S. Nonproliferation Policy After the Cold War 217
12 U.S. Trade Policy: Alternative Tacks or Parallel Tracks? 251
13 The United States in the Global Financial Arena 285
14 Turning Its Back to the World? The United States and Climate Change Policy 297
15 The United States and Latin America: Multilateralism and International Legitimacy 321
16 The United States and Africa: Malign Neglect 347
17 The United States and the Asia-Pacific: Bilateralism Plus "Multilateralism a la Carte" 375
18 The United States and NATO: A Selective Approach to Multilateralism 399
19 Resisting the Unilateral Impulse: Multilateral Engagement and the Future of U.S. Leadership 421
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations 431
Bibliography 435
The Contributors 455
Index 459
About the Book 477
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