“America’s departure from this great tradition did not begin with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Indeed, as early as the final years of the Cold War, the US began to view the whole system of international treaties and institutions as an obstacle to enforcing its own interests. America’s foreign policy elite increasingly came to perceive the US as a Gulliver tied down and oppressed by political midgets, with their laws of nations, treaties, and multilateral institutions. The existing world order – created by the US itself – was first devalued in American eyes, then weakened, and finally consciously attacked.”
Joschka Fischer, ex ministro de Asuntos Exteriores de Alemania y vicecanciller reflexiona en su artículo The Curse of Unilateralism sobre el devenir del unilateralismo en el sistema internacional, luego de que la guerra en Irak pone a los Estados Unidos en una situación cada vez más difícil.