Leadership, the United Nations, and the New World Order

  • Jarrod Wiener


The concept of international leadership has become almost central to discourse about United States foreign policy, and about the effectiveness of the United Nations in the New World Order. The concept was used in 1990 and 1991 by some politicians, journalists, and academics to denote an activity that promotes action, a role that promulgates vision and purpose, and a force that maintains stability in the post-Cold War international system. Then-US President George Bush stated before Congress on 11 September 1990 that, “we are now in sight of a United Nations that performs as envisioned by its founders”1, and exclaimed in January 1991 that, “we are the only nation on this earth that could assemble the forces of peace. This is the burden of leadership.”2 The rhetoric of the administration during its attempt to build the Coalition against Iraq seemed to suggest that the bipolar stability of the Cold War would be replaced by a great-power consensus supported by American leadership. During the Gulf War, The Guardian sounded a typical comment, that: “The Allies embarked, under dominant American leadership, upon the first testing of a New World Order, with the United Nations at its heart”.3 Advocates of the “renewalists” thesis on US hegemony, such as Joseph Nye, argued that the US, with its unique combination of military and economic power, its political culture, and experience in realpolitik, was Bound to Lead.4


Public Good Foreign Policy International Relation World Order Uruguay Round 
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