Foreign Policy

  • Tim Hames
Part of the Southampton Studies in International Policy book series (SSIP)


This chapter will note the distinctive evolution of foreign policy during President Clinton’s first term in office. It will note that Clinton entered the White House with little experience in, or enormous enthusiasm for, international affairs. It will argue that two differing forms of philosophy and practice marked the Clinton foreign policy during these years. The turning point between the two periods occurred at some point in 1994. The critical moment, though, was not the Republican triumph in the Congressional elections of that year. This shift happened earlier and in response to the difficulties encountered by the administration in responding to a set of global troublespots.


Foreign Policy Democratic Party Liberal Democratic Party North American Free Trade Agreement Congressional Election 
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  1. For a full discussion of this aspect, see Tim Hames, ‘Foreign Policy and the Elections of 1992’, International Relations, Vol. XI, No. 4, pp. 3315–30.Google Scholar
  2. Elizabeth Drew, On the Edge: The Clinton Presidency (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994).Google Scholar
  3. President Clinton, Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 27 1993.Google Scholar

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