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A nation must think before it acts.
This article explores George H.W. Bush’s foreign policy in order to examine what it can tell us about the successes and weaknesses of conservative internationalism as a world view and as an analytic construct for scholars of international relations. First, to what extent, if any, did the Bush administration’s foreign policy reflect the course and logic of conservative internationalism? Second, what can the Bush administration’s foreign policy tell us about the utility of conservative internationalism as a foreign policy approach relative to alternative approaches?