Since the end of the cold war, the United States has demonstrated a growing willingness to act alone and to opt out of multilateral initiatives. Whether tiring of its international obligations, preoccupied with domestic concerns, or tempted to exploit its hegemony, the country has in a number of prominent instances withdrawn from collective initiatives, demanded exemptions from global rules, shirked commitments to international organizations, or extended its domestic law extraterritorially.
America's Retreat from Multilateral Engagement
Stewart Patrick is a research associate at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University, where he coordinates the center's program on multilateralism and United States foreign policy. He is coeditor of Good Intentions: Pledges of Aid for Post-Conflict Recovery (Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner, 2000) and of the forthcoming The Cost of Acting Alone: Multilateralism and United States Foreign Policy.
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Stewart Patrick; America's Retreat from Multilateral Engagement. Current History 1 December 2000; 99 (641): 430–439. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2000.99.641.430
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