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

By Arthur I. Cyr

"A sober and wide-ranging analytical essay putting American overseas coverage and the evolution of the foreign approach in a extensive historic context. . . . the writer provides considerate attention to the ways that the USA may still use "traditional international relations, financial persuasion, army potential and political instance to steer in ordering a extra sturdy world."

-Foreign Affairs

"Informed, astute, compact and coherent. A most suitable piece of historic analysis."

-Samuel H. Beer, Harvard University

The finish of the chilly battle offers demanding situations and possibilities for American international coverage management that arguably were equalled nowa days simply by way of the interval within which the chilly struggle all started. With the cave in of the Soviet Union and communist regimes in jap Europe, the companions of the Atlantic alliance have completed a profound diplomatic and political victory of ancient value. The foreign process which has resulted, notwithstanding, arguably has extra uncertainity and unpredictability that the everyday bipolar festival among the 2 superpowers and their allies.

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To some extent this distinction is artificial, which is not the same as being inappropriate to analysis. How can political activists, especially radicals at odds with the domestic and international orders, be understood in total apart from the ideas which motivate them or the practical party or other organizational structures through which they operate?

2 A threefold division of the subject was used to guide the research and writing; Page 6 distinctive but related prisms were employed to go over the same material from different perspectives. Specifically, the British Liberal Party and associated political and social developments were examined through attention to intellectual, structural and sociological dimensions. ‘Intellectual’ refers to the philosophical underpinnings of Liberal thought in Britain, the main policy currents in the Liberal Party old and new, and the ways in which Liberal ideas were reflected in the policies of the two major parties, Conservative and Labour.

The nation-state is still the basic unit of the system, and particular allies of the United States are worth special attention in addressing a world which we cannot, and never could, manage alone. Despite the great changes which have occurred, Europe remains the principal source of the cultural heritage of the United States, including our political practices and institutions. 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.

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