After the Cold War: American Foreign Policy, Europe and Asia by Arthur I. Cyr

By Arthur I. Cyr

The tip of the chilly warfare presents demanding situations and possibilities for American international coverage management that arguably were equalled nowa days purely by means of the interval within which the chilly warfare all started. With the cave in of the Soviet Union and communist regimes in japanese Europe, the companions of the Atlantic alliance have accomplished a profound diplomatic and political victory of historical significance. The overseas procedure which has resulted, in spite of the fact that, arguably has extra uncertainty and unpredictability than the accepted bipolar pageant among the 2 superpowers and their allies.

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Beer. This dimension was especially important for analysis of the contemporary Liberal Party. 3 There are no direct parallels in substance between an analytic approach used to study almost purely domestic politics, and a rather small third party at that, and large-scale changes in international relations bearing on American foreign policy, but approximately the same scheme can be usefully applied. Ideas, even when implicit rather than explicit in form, influence policy. Even the most self-consciously pragmatic operators have a set Page 7 of values which underlie their actions.

We maintain a relationship with Britain that transcends and endures beyond passing disagreements over policy, the economic and imperial decline of the older power, and the vagaries and unpredictability of democracy in both nations, especially our own boisterous political arena. For these reasons, and also because of a history of exceptional diplomatic experience and skill, Britain is given special attention in the course of this volume as a nation with lessons for others in the post-Cold War world.

10 For USEuropean relations, this was not an undesirable development. A less active United States was arguably a more realistic superpower in an era when American economic influence was in relative decline. If the Cold War still provided the main definition of conflict in the international system, the intensity of the conflict had cooled from the supercharged 1950s and 1960s. The Soviets might build a new strategic capability to project conventional forces relatively long distances by sea and air, intervene in Southern Africa and Nicaragua, and launch a blatant coup and invasion in Afghanistan, yet for all that the old imagery of a well co-ordinated international communist camp relentlessly seeking expansion was no longer persuasive.

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