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Chapter 41: America Confronts the Post-Cold War Era, 1992-2004

Autocratic

relating to authoritarian or repressive government or institutional practices.

Axis of Evil

term applied by the 2nd President Bush in a 2002 speech, in which he identified Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as nations which threatened American security.

Junta

from Latin American politics; a small armed group, usually military officers, who seize power and rule as a collective dictatorship.

Kyoto Treaty

agreement amongst some nations to limit greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement repudiated by the 2nd President Bush shortly after his "election" in 2000.

New Democrat

term often used to summarize President Clinton's legacy in the White House; an administration which seemed to balance the conservatism of the Reagan-Bush (1st) years with the New Deal and Great Society liberalism which preceded it.

Paramilitary

unauthorized or voluntary groups that employ military organization, methods, and equipment outside the official military system of command and organization.

Protectionism

the policy of promoting high tariffs on imported goods or services in order that domestic producers can sell at lower prices than foreign producers.

Sect

a separatist religious group that claims for itself exclusive knowledge of truth and a superior method of salvation against all other religious organizations.

Vouchers

officially granted certificates for benefits of a particular kind, redeemable by a designated agency or service provider. (School vouchers)


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