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Allies At War: America, Europe and the Crisis Over Iraq by Philip Gordon, Jeremy Shapiro

By Philip Gordon, Jeremy Shapiro

An intensive research of the place U.S./European relatives have long past wrong--and how you can set them correct ALLIES AT struggle is the 1st and such a lot entire overview of what went incorrect among the United States and Europe throughout the drawback over Iraq and is predicated on vast interviews with policymakers within the usa and Europe. It places the concern over Iraq in historic context by means of reading US-Europe family when you consider that global warfare II and exhibits how the alliance frequently controlled to beat its many inner problems and crises. It describes how the deep strategic adjustments that emerged on the finish of the chilly warfare and the disputes over the Balkans and the center East through the Clinton years already had a few analysts wondering even if the Alliance may perhaps live to tell the tale. It exhibits how the Bush administration’s unilateral international relations and world-view helped convey already simmering tensions to a boil, and describes intensive the occasions best as much as the Iraq problem of 2003. Gordon and Shapiro clarify how strong forces such emerging American energy and the September eleven terrorist assaults have made family members among the US and Europe more and more tough. however the authors argue that the break up over Iraq was once no longer inevitable: it used to be the results of inaccurate judgements and pointless provocations on either side. opposite to the normal knowledge that says that the Iraq conflict signaled the powerful finish of the Atlantic Alliance, the authors warn that assuming the top of the Alliance may possibly quick turn into a self-fulfilling prophesy: leaving the us remoted, resented, and accountable for bearing the burdens of keeping overseas protection principally on my own. based on those that argue that the Atlantic Alliance is not any longer achievable or helpful, ALLIES AT battle demonstrates that even after Iraq, the us and Europe can interact, and certainly needs to in the event that they desire to successfully tackle the main urgent difficulties of our age. The booklet makes concrete proposals for restoring transatlantic family and updating the alliance to satisfy new demanding situations like worldwide terrorism and the transformation of an volatile center East.

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When presented with imminent threats, waiting for allies could even be dangerous. The administration’s view of the foreign policy process and its reluctance to engage in the messy business of international negotiation in multilateral forums are the common threads that unite Bush foreign policy before and after September 11. S. foreign policy the administration showed remarkable consistency even prior to the terrorist attacks, rejecting a variety of different foreign entanglements that for better or for worse would certainly have ensnared its predeces52 BUSH AND E U R O P E : T H E G R OW I N G D I V I D E sors.

S. involvement in Europe. S. and European policymakers. S. leadership. It also disabused American policymakers of short-lived notions that Europe no longer mattered or that the United States could afford to ignore European developments. In other words, despite the disappearance of the Soviet threat, the fundamental dynamics of the Atlantic alliance had not completely changed. The United States still had to lead. The Clinton administration learned from its early mistakes, and over time began to exercise more assertive leadership of the alliance.

Leadership. It also disabused American policymakers of short-lived notions that Europe no longer mattered or that the United States could afford to ignore European developments. In other words, despite the disappearance of the Soviet threat, the fundamental dynamics of the Atlantic alliance had not completely changed. The United States still had to lead. The Clinton administration learned from its early mistakes, and over time began to exercise more assertive leadership of the alliance. After much early hesitation, in 1995 it charted a clear course for the enlargement of NATO, which in July 1997 extended invitations to Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

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