Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 268–278 | Cite as

President Bill Clinton and US transatlantic foreign policy

  • John DumbrellEmail author


Bill Clinton is frequently seen as a president whose foreign policy lacked direction, focus, and a sense of purpose. Examination of his foreign policy leadership in relation to US transatlantic relations does not bear out such a negative verdict. Clinton’s policy in the Balkans was very confused and fairly directionless before 1995, but achieved positive results subsequently. The Clinton administration’s Irish interventions were unprecedented and extraordinarily successful. Similarly, in regard to his commitment to the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Clinton enjoyed a degree of success that appeared very unlikely at the start of his presidency. Despite predictions to the contrary, Transatlantica remained central to the concerns of Clinton’s post-Cold War presidency.


President Clinton American foreign relations Bosnia Kosovo Northern Ireland NATO 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Durham UniversityDurhamUK

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