Synopses & Reviews
No modern U.S. president inherited a stronger, safer international position than Bill Clinton. In 1992, the Cold War was over, and the nation was at peace and focused on domestic issues. Despite this temporary tranquility, Clinton would soon be faced with a barrage of crises, including flare-ups of unrest in the Middle East, ethnic conflict in Yugoslavia, uneasy relations with Japan and China, persistent trouble in the Persian Gulf, the dissolution of the USSR, and disastrous situations in Somalia and Haiti.
In this comprehensive and balanced examination of Clinton's foreign policy—the first such book to cover all the global focal points of his administration to date—William G. Hyland brilliantly shows the effects of combining this confusion with Clinton's unique personality characteristics. His first term was marked, in the author's analysis, by murky policy, unrealistic goals, and the mishandling of several crises. By the end of that term he learned some hard lessons, was able to alter his pattern of response, and reversed himself on some major aspects of foreign policy—all to benefit, in the author's view, the country and the world as a whole.
Clinton's World provides an interesting account of the many zig-zags of the Clinton foreign policy and its various domestic and international crises. It is a good introduction to the topic that emphasizes both strengths and limitations on the use of American powerBooklist
Hyland doesn't shrink for a strong conclusion: adopting an ad hoc 'selective engagement' approach instead of a clear direction for American foreign policy has meant that 'a magnificent historical opportunity to shape the international system had been missed.' Clinton's blunders invite this kind of harsh criticism."Kirkus Reviews
Without a blueprint to replace the one designed to orchestrate the cold war world, the Clintonites have blown their historical opportunity, according to Hyland, a caustic assessment congenial to Clinton opponents.Booklist
A forthright, yet balanced, overview and analysis of the foreign policy of William Jefferson Clinton's administration--the only book to cover all the global crisis points of his presidency--by an expert in foreign affairs and national security.
In this comprehensive and balanced examination of Bill Clinton's foreign policy--the first such book to cover all the global focal points of his administration to date--William G. Hyland brilliantly shows the effects of Clinton's confusion over the nature of the post-Cold War world combined with Clinton's unique personality characteristics. His first term was marked, in the author's analysis, by murky policy, unrealistic goals, and the mishandling of several crises. By the end of that term he had learned some hard lessons, was able to alter his pattern of response, and reversed himself on some major aspects of foreign policy--all to benefit, in the author's view, the country and the world as a whole.
About the Author
WILLIAM G. HYLAND was editor of Foreign Affairs from 1984 through 1992, and subsequently, was a research professor of international relations at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
Table of Contents
Mandate for Change
South of the Border
Oslo and Beyond
Between Hope and History