The Bush Revolution in U.S. security policy

Roger E. Kanet

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Although the United States has been the dominant actor in the Western alliance ever since World War II, since the collapse of the Soviet Union it has been the overwhelmingly dominant actor in world affairs. Moreover, it has indicated a willingness to use its extraordinary power advantage to intervene in world affairs in order to change the international system in ways that it views as advantageous. This shift to an overt form of unilateralism has longstanding roots in U.S. foreign policy, but the assertiveness with which the Bush Administration has pursued its interests and the degree to which it has ignored the views of longstanding allies represents a break with the past 50 years of U.S. foreign policy that characterizes the "Bush Revolution. " This shift in U.S. policy and the friction in relations with NATO member states are likely to have a lasting impact on U.S. relations with many of its allies, even though the vitriol thatcharacterized relations with some European countries during the run-up to the Iraq war has already been toned down. The view of the world held by most of the political elite in the U.S. across the political spectrum and of the U.S. place in that world, even among those who do not share the assertive nationalist position of the Bush Administration, is at odds with the views that predominate in Europe and the rest of the world. Thus, friction is likely to characterize U.S. relations even with its long-term allies for the foreseeable future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-71
Number of pages39
JournalTamkang Journal of International Affairs
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006


  • Assertive Nationalism in U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Bush Foreign Policy Revolution
  • Foundations of U.S. Relations with Europe
  • U.S. Foreign and Security Policy
  • Unilateralism in U.S. Foreign Policy
  • United States and NATO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Strategy and Management


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