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Foreign Policy-Making in the Clinton Administration : Reassessing Bosnia and the “Turning Point” of 1995

Occasional Papers , par Sébastien Barthe, Charles-Philippe David

This paper was presented at the International Studies Association Conference in Montréal, Canada,
March 17-20, 2004. It is a follow-up to “’Foreign Policy Is Not What I Came Here to Do’ - Dissecting
Clinton’s Foreign Policy : A First Cut”, presented by Charles-Philippe David at the joint CEE/ISA
Conference in Budapest, June 2003 and at the IPSA Convention in Durban, June-July 2003. The papers
are part of a three-year research program on the evolution of foreign policy-making under the Clinton
Administration, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The conflict that ravaged Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1992 to 1995 was one of the central international problems that the Clinton White House had to face during its first term. The “issue from hell”, as Warren Christopher famously dubbed it in 19933, was emblematic of the Clinton administration’s failure, during the period of January 1993 to late summer 1995, to formulate foreign policies that could produce the results desired by the policy-makers in the West Wing.


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