Political stakes and diplomacy in the United States

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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