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The Foreign Policies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush

A Comparative Perspective, 1st Edition

By Martin A. Smith


208 pages

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This book offers a comparative analysis of the approaches, policies and records of the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, through an examination of key foreign policy issues that caused controversy and debate both during the 1990s and in the years since 9/11.

In the post 9/11 security environment, three issues were identified by the Bush administration as being at the heart of a threat ‘nexus’ – issues that had also preoccupied the Clinton administration. These were the threats and challenges posed by international terrorism, particularly of the militant Islamist type, the so called ‘rogue states’, and the US response to the actual and potential proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Smith explores the responses to these issues and the debates surrounding the nature of US engagement with key regions and states, teasing out areas of similarity and difference in the policies and approaches of the Clinton and Bush administrations. Attention is also given to the contrast frequently drawn between Clinton’s alleged predilection for multilateral approaches to international relations and Bush’s supposed hard-edged unilateralism.

This book will prove useful to scholars and students in the fields of US foreign policy, politics, international relations, security studies and public policy.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Militant Islamist Terrorism

Chapter 2: Regime Change in Iraq

Chapter 3: The Israel-Palestinian Peace Process

Chapter 4: Denuclearizing North Korea

Chapter 5: Transatlantic Security Relations and NATO

Chapter 6: US Relations with Russia

Chapter 7: Forces of Continuity; Sources of Change

About the Author

Martin A. Smith is Senior Lecturer in Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. His main research interests are in the fields of international security, with a particular focus on international power, European security, with a particular focus on the post-Cold War evolution of NATO, and US foreign policy, with a particular focus on the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy

This new series sets out to publish high quality works by leading and emerging scholars critically engaging with United States Foreign Policy. The series welcomes a variety of approaches to the subject and draws on scholarship from international relations, security studies, international political economy, foreign policy analysis and contemporary international history.

Subjects covered include the role of administrations and institutions, the media, think tanks, ideologues and intellectuals, elites, transnational corporations, public opinion, and pressure groups in shaping foreign policy, US relations with individual nations, with global regions and global institutions and America’s evolving strategic and military policies.

The series aims to provide a range of books – from individual research monographs and edited collections to textbooks and supplemental reading for scholars, researchers, policy analysts, and students.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General