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  1. Introduction
  2. ?A new world order?
  3. Kosovo War
  4. Globalized world
  5. Conclusion

The document we are going to analyze is a speech delivered by Tony Blair on April 24th 1999 at the Economic Club of Chicago.
Tony Blair had been elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for two years and had already undertaken several reforms, following the principles of the Third Way, which can be briefly defined as an ideology combining aspects of free market capitalism with egalitarian social aims.

Widely known to be a modernizer, Tony Blair, at the head of the Labor Party since 1994, had undertaken profound transformations of the party and had changed its name into ?New Labor'. As a consequence, the party won the general elections of 1997, with a landslide victory against the Conservative Party.

Blair's famous Chicago speech can be considered as one of the most important in his career as Prime Minister. We can underline that it was the first time a British Prime Minister in office went to Chicago, thus we can point out the historical importance of the event.

First of all, we must take into consideration the context of the Kosovo's war in which this speech was pronounced. Indeed, NATO had just launched a bombing campaign against Kosovo and Serbia one month before. As Tony Blair played a passionate and prominent part in the Kosovo crisis he aimed at convincing the president of the United States, Bill Clinton, to send ground troops. That is why, he insists, all along his speech, on the special link existing between Chicago and, by extent, the United States with Great Britain.

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