POLS 368 Lecture Notes - North American Free Trade Agreement, Kyoto Protocol, Free Trade Area Of The Americas
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We had to continue to live in a post-socialist world.
The republics that had been a part of it declared it as dead.
Over time, the Soviet Union became weaker and weaker, and simply collapsed.
Sometime, they said it was "beyond containment."
Some would say that the U.S. would create an enemy if it didn't have
Others would say that the U.S. wouldn't know what to do if it didn't
What was significant was that the U.S. didn't immediately see that there
was nothing to contain.
American policy was a policy of post-containment.
"We have within our grasps an extraordinary opportunity to build a new
international system in accordance with our values and ideas as
uncertainties bubble around us. Never before has the world looked to the
American example, and today, in a rapidly changing world, American
leadership is indispensable."
We'd hear this document again (or something similar to it) when
George W. Bush became president.
The document was likely written by Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney.
In a document that was released by the administration, the administration said:
George H.W. Bush, continued.
Bill Clinton challenged him on domestic issues, such as the economy and
In 1992, Bill Clinton defeated George Bush, who was seeking a second term,
based on domestic concerns.
There were Democrats within his own lame party that
He thought it was good for everybody's economy, including
Clinton was (and still is) an advocate of free trade.
Global economy and free trade.
In 1994, Bill Clinton, who became president in 1993, identified five dangers that
the U.S. faced:
Presidential Administrations Following the Collapse
of the Soviet Union
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