The American practice of multilateralism

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The United States, having been the driving force of post-War multilateral system, now consider multilateralism as a « secure » practice, allowing them to validate an « undeniable leadership position over a global alliance ». In this configuration, it is admitted that American interests meet world interests : the United States would be performing a messianic job for the well-being of humanity, while serving their own national interests. In this perspective, Congress has endeavoured to maintain the sovereignty of the American Constitution and laws, shunning any idea of delegation or supra-national institution. Besides, American commitment towards the United Nations – which, to this day, are still perceived as chosen land for demagogic demands – has been expressed under the form of rejection of any compromise. In a situation of hegemony, multilateralism becomes the instrument of defence for status quo. As they have been challenged on September 11th, 2001, the United States do not seem ready to re-evaluate their multilateralist practice, when the concept of might, the use of force and coercion, have re-surfaced, and stand at the centre of the geo-political stage. –Summary AFRI-2003