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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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Liberal Internationalism from George W. Bush to Barack Obama

Liberal Internationalism from George W. Bush to Barack Obama

(p.363) Chapter Thirteen Liberal Internationalism from George W. Bush to Barack Obama
America's Mission

Tony Smith

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the United States' liberal democratic internationalism from George W. Bush to Barack Obama. It first considers the Bush administration's self-ordained mission to win the “global war on terrorism” by reconstructing the Middle East and Afghanistan before discussing the two time-honored notions of Wilsonianism espoused by Democrats to make sure that the United States remained the leader in world affairs: multilateralism and nation-building. It then explores the liberal agenda under Obama, whose first months in office seemed to herald a break with neoliberalism, and his apparent disinterest in the rhetoric of democratic peace theory, along with his discourse on the subject of an American “responsibility to protect” through the promotion of democracy abroad. The chapter also analyzes the Obama administration's economic globalization and concludes by comparing the liberal internationalism of Bush and Obama.

Keywords:   democracy, liberal democratic internationalism, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, war on terrorism, Middle East, Wilsonianism, multilateralism, nation-building, economic globalization

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