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Balance SheetThe Iraq War and U.S. National Security$
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John S. Duffield and Peter J. Dombrowski

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760133

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760133.001.0001

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The International Political Costs of the Iraq War

The International Political Costs of the Iraq War

(p.106) 6 The International Political Costs of the Iraq War
Balance Sheet
Thomas G. Weiss
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the impact of the Iraq War on the international standing of the United States. It explains that the international political costs of the war are inextricably bound up with the political costs of the George W. Bush administration's foreign policy approaches and cites the result of a survey which reveals that the United States has lost favor in much of the world after the war. The chapter also considers future challenges facing a multilaterally challenged United States under the new administration of President Barack Obama and outlines a number of steps that could help mend Washington's threadbare reputation.

Keywords:   Iraq War, international standing, United States, George W. Bush, foreign policy, political costs, Barack Obama

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