(This policy briefing is the first of a series of post-election reports planned by the IRC program staff. It will be followed by regional reports, covering topics such as the current state and the future of U.S.-Latin America/Caribbean and of U.S.-Asia relations. We are also preparing a prescriptive policy report as the IRC’s contribution to an incipient public discussion about the type of principles and reforms necessary to steer U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy agendas off their current dangerous course. This forthcoming policy blueprint will recommend pragmatic reforms that not only will better serve U.S. national interests and security but will also help restore respect for the United States as a responsible global leader and partner.)

Candidate George W. Bush during the 2000 campaign outlined a policy agenda that was largely in keeping with the moderate conservatism and foreign policy realism of his father