The United States: a rogue State?

Abstract

In this article, Robert Litwak presents a surprising international phenomenon: over a mere few years, the United States’ image in the world has profoundly degraded from the status of a « victim » after the attacks of 9-11 to that currently of dangerous « rogue State ». Litwak attributes this change in perceptions to the « assertive unilateralism » that the US of George W. Bush has adopted after the 9-11 trauma. Far from being efficient, this unilateralist strategy has led the United States into the Iraqi trap and has considerably altered its potential for sympathy. More important, the U.S. suffers from the loss of their credibility, which will thwart the « indispensable nation » from playing its part on the international stage.

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