American Exceptionalism and U.S. Foreign Policy: Public by S. McEvoy-Levy

By S. McEvoy-Levy

This booklet examines a serious time and position in contemporary global history--the finish of the chilly War--and the recommendations and values hired within the public dipomacy of the Bush and Clinton Administrations to construct family and overseas consensus. It presents perception into the makes use of of presidential strength and gives a version and an indication for a way rhetoric can be utilized within the learn of usa overseas coverage.

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Exceptionalism had always been predominantly the `nationalistic' expression of a distinctly American sense of identity which relied on a comparison with a corrupt, dangerous `other'. It continued to be this but was in part also transformed by the challenge of the Soviet Union. The `two systems' approach emerging from the Washington-Monroe era entailed a repudiation of the politics and diplomatic practices of a backward Europe in decline. However, the Soviet system which challenged American exceptionalism during the Cold War was perceived to be a powerful counterpoint.

In referring to the United States' `unique self-definition which has given us exceptional appeal',36 Carter promoted a policy of global order-building and de-emphasized the US±Soviet confrontation. Carter's rhetoric proposed a spiritual renewal of the United States which would lead inevitably to the augmentation of the United States' power. A return to basic principles, according to Carter, would illustrate that the United States' foreign policy interests and mission lay in global, humanitarian intervention in the broadest terms.

117 And those nostalgic for the Cold War invariably referred to the 1950s when, it was perceived, the United States mission had been unambiguous and its capabilities unquestioned. One columnist wrote: `The 1950s were the last time when things seemed, more or less, under control. Life seemed more orderly and more capable of being ordered. 120 Very quickly the triumph had lost its novelty, as the President of the Atlantic Council in Washington put it later: `The end of the Cold War produced disorder.

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