Political stakes and diplomacy in the United States

This paper is an assessment of the role of foreign policy in American domestic politics. President Bush succeeded in instrumentalising to its own benefit the « rally round the flag » feeling in the fight against terrorism. Besides, he managed to set up a strongly united and ideological administration whose foreign policy stance is very much a militarized form of « wilsonism ». The Democratic Party is unable to come up with a leader who would represent more than angry Democrats, the way Howard Dean does. The presidency is once again becoming « imperial ». – Summary AFRI-2004