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Unilateralism and U.S. Foreign Policy: International Perspectives

David M. Malone and Yuen Foong Khong, editors
Unilateralism and U.S. Foreign Policy: International Perspectives
ISBN: 978-1-58826-143-4
ISBN: 978-1-58826-119-9
2003/460 pages/LC: 2002073986
Center on International Cooperation Studies in Multilateralism

"Unilateralism is the most inclusive and substantial volume yet published on the subject.... Inspires ... careful reading and critical thinking. Highly recommended."—Choice


Choice Outstanding Academic Book!

From the war on terrorism to global warming, from national missile defense to unilateral sanctions, the U.S. has been taken to task for coming on too strong—or for doing too little. This important new book explores international reactions to U.S. conduct in world affairs

Authors from around the world address the tensions between unilateralism and multilateralism in U.S. foreign policy. Their careful analysis suggests that the U.S. inclination to go it alone may undermine not only long-term international support for U.S. leadership, but also the sustainability of valuable international institutions.


David M. Malone, under-secretary-general of the United Nations, serves as  rector of the United Nations University. His most recent publication is The International Struggle over Iraq: Politics in the UN Security Council 1998-2005. Yuen Foon Khong is John G. Winant University Lecturer in U.S. Foreign Policy and a fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University. His publications include Analogies at War: Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu and the Vietnam Decisions of 1965 and a coauthored volume, Power in Transition: The Peaceful Change of International Order.


  • Foreword—Shepard Forman.
  • Unilateralism and U.S. Foreign Policy: International Perspectives—the Editors.
  • A Decade of U.S. Unilateralism?—D.M. Malone.
  • Weak as Constraint, Strong as Tool: The Place of Law in U.S. Foreign Policy—N. Krisch.
  • The U.S. and the International Criminal Court—G. Nolte.
  • Credibility at Stake: Domestic Supremacy in U.S. Human Rights Policy—R. Foote.
  • Unilateralism, Multilateralism, and U.S. Drug Diplomacy in Latin America—M. Serrano.
  • The UN and the United States: An Indispensable Partnership—K. Mahbubani.
  • UN Peace Operations and U.S. Unilateralism and Multilateralism—R. Thakur.
  • The Unilateral and Multilateral Use of Force by the U.S.—E. Stepanova.
  • In Search of Absolute Security: U.S. Nuclear Policy—Q. Jia.
  • U.S. Nonproliferation Policy After the Cold War—K. Bajpai.
  • U.S. Trade Policy: Alternative Tacks or Parallel Tracks?—P.M. Wijkman.
  • The U.S. in the Global Financial Arena—T. Gyohten.
  • Turning Its Back on the World?: The U.S. and Climate Change Policy—L. Assunçao.
  • Latin America—G. Fonseca, Jr.
  • Africa—C. Landsberg.
  • Asia Pacific—A. Mack.
  • NATO—S. Clement.
  • Resisting the Unilateral Impulse: Multilateral Engagement and the Future of U.S. Leadership—the Editors.

A related title: Multilateralism and U.S. Foreign Policy: Ambivalent Engagement edited by Stewart Patrick and Shepard Forman.