U.S. standing in the world matters, Americans care about it, and a weakened stature continues to hamper U.S. policy. Twenty prominent political scientists have recently completed a year-long study of the issue and clear away the underbrush of misunderstanding.
BY PETER KATZENSTEIN, JEFFREY LEGRO, THE APSA TASK FORCE ON U.S. STANDING IN WORLD AFFAIRS|OCTOBER 5, 2009
The 2008 U.S. election was all about change. But that's not what we're
going to get on foreign policy, says the longtime speechwriter for
Condoleezza Rice. Instead of a radical departure from Bush, we're
likely to end up with a lot more of the same. And that may be just what
He may be the most unpopular president in modern times: a reckless,
unilateralist cowboy. But history will be kinder to George W. Bush than
contemporary caricatures. After eight years, he leaves behind much more
than a defeated dictator in Iraq. Closer ties to India, a pragmatic
relationship with China, and the pressure he applied to Iran will pay
dividends for years to come.