American Foreign Policy in Regions of Conflict: A Global by H. Wiarda

By H. Wiarda

The USA s neighborhood overseas coverage priorities are moving, towards Asia, the center East, Latin the USA, and Africa, and clear of Europe and Russia. Wiarda examines those adjustments and the explanations for them in every one of those local components during this accomplished paintings on international viewpoint on American overseas coverage. Designed as a textual content for introductory diplomacy, overseas coverage, comparative politics, and international politics classes, this booklet succeeds in integrating those usually separate subfields and exhibits how the examine of comparative politics can enlighten international coverage.

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We begin in this chapter with a consideration of Eastern Europe and how its incorporation into the West involves both opportunities and challenges. In the next chapter we deal with Russia itself and how the eastern 36 ● American Foreign Policy in Regions of Conflict progression of NATO and the EU presents immense challenges to that country too. Background Eastern Europe, on the periphery of the Continental European Core Area (France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria), has long been poorer than the rest of Europe.

Fearful that the Soviet Union might advance even farther into Europe, we established the doctrine of “Containment” to prevent that from happening. 42 ● American Foreign Policy in Regions of Conflict The result for almost all of those years was a standoff: the border between East and West bristled with armies and armaments; nuclear weapons on both sides prevented either alliance from advancing (the “nuclear terror”), and the United States and its NATO allies and the Soviets and their Warsaw Pact allies stood toe-to-toe along this long border for over four decades.

Power—as in Iraq, which France saw as a terrible mistake. S. point of view, France has long been seen as a main check on the European continent against a resurgent Germany, as a Western Europe ● 23 loyal (in its own way) ally in the Cold War, and as a “civilizing” influence in helping to democratize first Southern Europe (Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain) and now Eastern Europe. Germany Germany is the other great power alongside France in the heart of Europe. It is also a wealthy country with a per capita yearly income almost exactly that of France: $33,820.

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