Author's note: An earlier version of this article was presented at the International Studies Association-Midwest, 2003 Annual Conference, November 7–8, 2003, St. Louis, Missouri.
Failure after 1441: Bush and Chirac in the UN Security Council
Version of Record online: 3 OCT 2005
Foreign Policy Analysis
Volume 1, Issue 3, pages 333–360, November 2005
How to Cite
Gregory Marfleet, B. and Miller, C. (2005), Failure after 1441: Bush and Chirac in the UN Security Council. Foreign Policy Analysis, 1: 333–360. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-8594.2005.00015.x
- Issue online: 3 OCT 2005
- Version of Record online: 3 OCT 2005
The unanimous passage of Security Council Resolution 1441 marked the onset of the most severe crisis of legitimacy that the United Nations has faced in the post-Cold War period. While some have asserted that the diplomatic clashes between erstwhile allies France and the United States were inevitable given the rise of American unipolarity, an analysis of events leading to the failed US attempt to gain a second resolution reveals that the outcome was among the least preferred for both participants. Using the Verbs In Context system, we conduct a computer-based content analysis of the public statements of the United States and French leaders. Our findings suggest that the diplomatic breakdown was exacerbated by each leaders' elevated sense of control over the situation and their inaccurate perception of their opponent's preferences.