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In Uncertain TimesAmerican Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11$
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Melvyn P. Leffler and Jeffrey W. Legro

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449093

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449093.001.0001

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Navigating the Unknown

Navigating the Unknown

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In Uncertain Times

Melvyn P. Leffler

Jeffrey W. Legro

Cornell University Press

This book explores American foreign policy after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and again after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Its goal is to shed light on American strategic planning during uncertain times. The collapse of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the USSR altered the geopolitical map, a change that the administrations of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton had to deal with. In addition, 9/11 forced U.S. policymakers to reassess threats and opportunities as well as goals, priorities, interests, missions, and tactics in the face of the new threat of transnational terrorism. Drawing on the insights of leading scholars and practitioners, this book examines how the United States responded to the events surrounding 11/9 and 9/11 and how their understanding of these events shaped their subsequent thinking and planning for foreign policy or international order. It also considers whether U.S. leaders were successful in conceptualizing and implementing their policies.

Keywords:   foreign policy, Berlin Wall, 9/11, strategic planning, terrorism, United States, international order, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton

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