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American Public Opinion on Foreign Policy, Pre- and Post-September 11

  • Ole R. Holsti


In 1995, four years after the disintegration of the USSR, Arthur Schlesinger —historian, former presidential adviser and once a vocal critic of the Vietnam War—wrote that the age of American internationalism was coming to an end. His essay described declining support for internationalism across the entire spectrum of American society, from the “housewife in Xenia, Ohio,” to members of the Council on Foreign Relations, and to many officials in Washington. But Schlesinger was writing at about the midpoint between demolition of the symbol of the Cold War—the Berlin Wall—and the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, and eight years prior to the war against Iraq. Have the September 11 attacks and the regime change in Iraq “changed everything” or will they prove to be less than defining moments for the new millennium?


Foreign Policy Terrorist Attack Military Action Bush Administration World Affair 
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