The Secretary of State notes that Americans, leaving aside the six weeks of the Gulf War, now have known peace longer than the interval between Versailles and Pearl Harbor. With no single powerful opponent in world view, for most Americans U.S. foreign policy has assumed less importance than in earlier years. Nonetheless, the Secretary holds that the demands upon the United States have not lessened; new dangers replace receding ones and old dangers reemerge. The test of U.S. leadership, therefore, is essentially as severe as that faced by the post-World War II generation. The stakes have not changed.
Drawing from the Foreign Affairs article, the Raleigh, NC, News and Observer published an abridged version of this compendium of challenges and tests of leadership. Appearing in conjunction with the Secretarys views was commentary by three scholars in the field, which we reproduce in the following pages.
- Richard H. Kohn, professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Indecision is our Fatal Flaw. [CLICK HERE]
- Nancy Mitchell, assistant professor of history at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, Use Moral Example Instead of Spine. [CLICK HERE]
- David Thornton, director of government studies at Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC, whose oral interview comments are titled Albrights Position is Hard to Justify.[CLICK HERE]
Readers are invited to share their comments with us by email, whether about the challenges cited by the Secretary or about the responses of our three scholars.
* Foreign Affairs, Vol. 77, No. 6 (Nov./Dec. 1998), pp. 50-64.