The international stakes of the 2000 presidential and congressional elections in the United States

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This article examines the different approaches that the two presidential candidates took to the election race 2000 on the subject of foreign policy, even if this was not the main issue of importance to the voters. It shows that there are distinctions, of varying degree, to be made with regard to policy in four major areas: trade sanctions, Middle-Eastern affairs, international trade and military intervention abroad. The explanations for these differences are found by examining the candidates’ political and business careers and by reason of their distinct support bases. – Summary AFRI-2001