Title

Bill Clinton’s ‘new partnership’ anecdote: Toward a post-Cold War foreign policy rhetoric

Publication Date

2007

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This essay explores the composition of United States post-Cold War foreign policy rhetoric under President Bill Clinton. We contend that Bill Clinton offered a coherent and comprehensive foreign policy narrative for the direction of U.S. foreign policy discourse in the post-Cold War world. Specifically, we analyze the “new partnership” narrative that Clinton articulated in his 1998 trip to Africa as a representative anecdote for the larger body of his foreign policy discourse. This “new partnership” narrative was structured by three narrative themes: (1) America’s role as world leader; (2) reconstituting the threat environment; (3) democracy promotion as the strategy for American foreign policy. These three themes can be found throughout Clinton’s foreign policy rhetoric and serve as the basis for a foreign policy narrative used by Clinton, and perhaps, future administrations.

Original Citation

Edwards, J.A. & Valenzano, J.M, III. (2007). Bill Clinton’s ‘new partnership’ anecdote: Toward a post-Cold War foreign policy rhetoric. The Journal of Language and Politics, 6(3), 303-325.