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BBC Washington correspondent Stephen Sackur
What will George W Bush's foreign policy look like?
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Stephen Sackur interviews Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger discusses how US foreign policy will look different under President Bush and discusses missile defence
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Stephen Sackur interviews Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger discusses Russia, the ABM treaty, George W Bush, the Balkans and Nato
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Friday, 19 January, 2001, 23:15 GMT
Foreign policy challenges loom for Bush
George W Bush, General Shelton, Secretary of Defence Cohen
Mr Bush has already met with key military leaders
By BBC Washington Correspondent Stephen Sackur

George W Bush enters office with potential foreign policy challenges looming large.

Peace talks are stalled in the Middle East amid renewed violence, and allies and old enemies alike have deep reservations about his promotion of a national missile defence system.

Mr Bush is already immersed in national security policy.

He has already been taken to the inner sanctum at the Pentagon, known as The Tank, for a briefing with military chiefs.

Projecting power abroad

During the campaign, Mr Bush was asked how he would project the country abroad as president.
troops in Kosovo
The Bush team has talked of pulling peacekeepers out of Kosovo

That is a question that Mr Bush wrestled with throughout his run for president.

"Our nation stands alone right now in the world in terms of power, and that is why we've got to be humble and yet project strength in a way that promotes freedom," Mr Bush said during one of the presidential debates.

Under Bill Clinton, US troops went to Haiti to restore democracy. Mr Bush says that was a mistake.

In Kosovo, 5,000 US troops are serving as peacekeepers. The Bush team has talked of pulling them out quickly.

"As a style of foreign policy, one could argue that the Bush style will be steadier. I think there will be a more rigorous analysis before they engage, but perhaps more implacable once they do engage themselves," former secretary of state Henry Kissinger said.

Missile defence

America's pursuit of a missile defence system capable of a shooting down incoming nuclear warheads in space promises to be a major source of tension.
missile launch
Mr Bush has made it clear that he will promote a national missile defence system

Nato allies are sceptical. Russia and China are deeply opposed.

Nonetheless, Colin Powell told senators considering his nomination as secretary of state that the Bush team would build a Star Wars-style defensive shield.

"President-elect Bush has made it quite clear that he is committed to deploying an effective ballistic missile defence using the best technology available at the earliest date possible," Mr Powell said.

Mr Bush himself is a foreign policy novice, but the team around him has long experience.

That could be significant because he is likely to face early tests in his dealing with Russia, China and the Nato allies.

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