Bush’s Second Term: The Same Old Foreign Policy?


a panel discussion with

DR. MORTON HALPERIN, Senior Vice President, Center for American Progress; Executive Director, Security and Peace Institute; former Director of Policy Planning in State Department (1998-2001); author, coauthor or editor of more than a dozen books on international affairs.


JAMES HOGE JR., editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine; former editor-in-chief and publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times; former publisher and president of The New York Daily News; currently chairman of the International Center For Journalists; co-editor of two books of essays on American foreign policy.

Moderated by

STEPHEN SCHLESINGER , Director, World Policy Institute

The Bush Administration began its second term with hints of a more pragmatic turn on international affairs. The new Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, delivered an address early on in France suggesting that the US was open once again to working with other countries, especially European ones. At the United Nations, Washington allowed the International Criminal Court, which the administration had previously denounced, to take responsibility for dealing with human rights violators in Darfur. There were signals, too, that the US would soon begin to pull its troops out of Iraq, negotiate with North Korea and follow the European lead on Iran. However, at the same time, President Bush sent an anti-UN activist, John Bolton, as a recess appointment to represent America at the UN. Members of the Bush Administration also hinted that the US might not withdraw from Iraq possibly for years, that America could still intervene in both North Korea and Iran, and that Washington³s opposition to global warming, test ban treaty, and International Criminal Court was not changing. So, what is the Bush policy these days — isolationist, unilateralist, multilateralist or something else?

Thursday, September 29, 2005, 6:00-7:30 p. m. Swayduck Auditorium, first floor, 65 Fifth Avenue (between East 13-14th sts.). Admission is $5.00

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