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Navigating the Post-Cold War World : President Clinton's Foreign Policy Rhetoric - Jason A. Edwards

Navigating the Post-Cold War World

President Clinton's Foreign Policy Rhetoric

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Jason A. Edwards explores the various rhetorical choices and strategies employed by former President Bill Clinton to discuss foreign policy issues in a new, post-Cold War era. Edwards argues that each American president has situated himself within the same foreign policy paradigm, drawing upon the same set of ideas and utilizing the same basic vernacular to discuss foreign policy. He describes how former presidents-and President Clinton, in particular-made modifications to this paradigm, leaving a rhetorical signature that tells us as much about the nature of their presidency as it does about the international environment they faced. With the end of the Cold War came the end of a relatively stable international order. This end sparked intense debates about the new direction of American foreign policy. As Bill Clinton took office, he developed a new lexicon of words in order to discuss America's changing role in the world and other major international issues of the time without being able to fall into Cold War-era rhetoric. By examining the nuances and unique contributions President Clinton made to American foreign policy rhetoric, Edwards shows how his distinct rhetorical signature will influence future administrations.

1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1. Presidential Rhetoric and America's Foreign Policy Vocabulary Chapter 4 2. Staying the Course as World Leader by Intertwining America's Exceptionalist Missions Chapter 5 3. Managing Chaos: Rhetorical Flexibility in Arguments for the Use of Force Chapter 6 4. Renewing the Liberal International Order as Clintonian Grand Strategy Chapter 7 5. Conclusions Chapter 8 Bibliography

ISBN: 9780739131312
ISBN-10: 0739131311
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 16th December 2008
Publisher: University Press of America