April 7, 1999: World Leader for Peace and Security


Only national governments, working together, can reap the full promise and reduce the problems of the 21st century.

President Bill Clinton
April 7, 1999

Today, in Washington, President Clinton addressed the U.S. Institute for Peace about the challenges the United States faces in the 21st Century as an economic and military leader in an increasingly interdependent world.

Building a More Peaceful World. The first challenge of the United States is preventing conflicts like the crisis in Kosovo. We are working with our NATO allies to try to end the conflict, stop Milosevics brutal campaign of violence against the Kosovar Albanians, and aid the struggling democracies of southeastern Europe. It is not enough for Milosevic to say that his forces will cease fire in Kosovo--he must withdraw his forces, let the refugees return safely to Kosovo, restore self-government for the Kosovars, and permit the deployment of an international security force.

Engaging China. Our second challenge is to bring our former adversary into the international system as an open, prosperous and stable nation. The Clinton Administrations policy of engagement with China has achieved concrete progress towards:

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