Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Ian M. Cuthbertson
  • Heinz Gärtner


After the collapse of the Soviet Union, it quickly became clear that the international system was destined for the foreseeable future to be dominated by the sole remaining superpower, the United States. While some commentators in both Europe and North America were concerned over this unipolar situation, if only because the global system had never had to cope with such a state of affairs before, the actual behavior of the United States gave little cause for concern. The care taken to assemble a broad coalition to wage the First Gulf War, leadership in humanitarian missions in Somalia and the Balkans, areas where the US had no strategic interests at stake, and such symbolic acts as the America’s return to full membership in UNESCO suggested that if the world had gained a sole hegemon, it was a benign one. Indeed, President George W. Bush, while a candidate, went so far as to speak of the importance of the US being ‘humble’ in its conduct of foreign policy.1


Security Policy Terrorist Attack International Security Military Power International Peace 
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  • Ian M. Cuthbertson
  • Heinz Gärtner

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