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America's MissionThe United States and the Worldwide Struggle for Democracy$
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Tony Smith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154923

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154923.001.0001

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After the Cold War: Wilsonianism Resurgent?

After the Cold War: Wilsonianism Resurgent?

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(p.311) Chapter Eleven After the Cold War: Wilsonianism Resurgent?
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America's Mission
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Tony Smith

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154923.003.0011

This chapter examines the United States's Wilsonianism in the post-Cold War era, first under George H. W. Bush and then under Bill Clinton. It considers how Bush, who became president as the Soviet Union was disintegrating and its leaders were looking for a new framework of understanding with the West, used Wilsonianism to address the question of establishing a world order favorable to American national security. It also discusses various Bush initiatives that were designed to establish a new world order after the cold war, Clinton's selective approach to liberal democratic internationalism, the effects of liberal economic practices on American national security, and the link between nationalism and liberal democracy. Finally, it assesses some of the challenges involved in the United States' efforts to bring about stable constitutional governance in many parts of the world.

Keywords:   liberal democratic internationalism, Cold War, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Soviet Union, Wilsonianism, national security, new world order, democracy, nationalism

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