Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Bush Administration   [open pdf - 123KB]

"At least four broad challenges seem likely to top the foreign policy agenda facing the Bush administration," says Robert J. Lieber, Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. The first of these, he says, "concerns relations with America's allies, especially the Europeans and Japanese." Also of key importance are relations with Russia, the "unique problems and choices" posed by China, and the Middle East, which "represents perhaps the most dangerous single foreign policy challenge facing the United States." Lieber is editor and contributing author of "Eagle Rules? Foreign Policy and American Primacy in the 21st Century," to be published Summer 2001 by Prentice-Hall. The United States continues to occupy a unique role in world affairs. In each of the areas of foreign and security policy cited here, as well as in trade, international economic policy, and non-traditional foreign policy arenas such as the environment, climate change, disease, refugees and humanitarian intervention, international cooperation is rarely effective without an active American role. The task for the new Bush administration will thus be to face these multiple challenges in such a way that it provides leadership without becoming overextended, maintains American primacy, engages other countries to act jointly wherever possible, and sustains domestic support for the policies and the level of resources needed to carry them out effectively. This role is not only indispensable internationally, but it reflects the critical national interests of the United States.

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U.S. National Security: The Bush Team: U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda: An Electronic Journal of the U.S. Department of State, v.6, no.1, p. 25-27
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