The Bush Administration : a Year of Defense Policy

The American President George W. Bush has chosen numerous specialists to help him devise his country’s defense policy, which consists essentially in reorganizing the American security apparatus and in defining a new strategic framework based on a new equilibrium between nuclear dissuasion, anti-missile defense and measures aiming at stopping mass destruction arms proliferation. It is submitted to several interior lobbies, and linked to political life as well as the business world. What appears through the defense policy measures the Bush Administration has taken this year, and especially through those concerning the anti-missile project and the ABM Treaty, is that it tends towards an active unilateralism, attempting to limit the United States’ commitment while preserving their autonomy of action. – Summary AFRI-2002