By Sarwar A. Kashmeri
American overseas coverage towards Europe is merrily rolling alongside the trail of least resistance, within the trust that there's not anything quite amiss with the European-American dating that multilateralism won't repair. now not precise, argues Kashmeri. The alliance is useless, can't be mounted, and needs to be renegotiated. It has now not grown to deal with Europe's emergence as a huge strength. one of those usa of Europe, with international priorities assorted from these of the USA, has arrived at America's doorstep. yet the US continues to be forging overseas coverage for Europe utilizing chilly warfare realities; either Democrats and Republicans count on the eu Union to fall into step, and document for provider as neededвЂ”under American leadership.
Europe, in spite of the fact that, has different plans, and because it turns into extra strong at the international degree, competing visions of ecu management have emerged. The Iraq battle has introduced them into stark reduction. for instance, as Kashmeri issues out, the Atlantic divide over Iraq used to be extra approximately French-British pageant for management of Europe than it used to be a few department among American targets and ecu objectives. He portrays British international coverage as out of contact with truth, as a coverage that has performed a disservice to the USA as a result of Blair government's exaggerated and self-serving view of the British-American specified dating. Kashmeri concludes with prescriptions for forging a brand new alliance in keeping with a unique dating with the ecu Union. This schedule is electrified by means of the concepts of the leaders who spoke to the writer particularly for this e-book, between them former president George H. W. Bush, former British top minister John significant, James A. Baker III, Wesley okay. Clark, Brent Scowcroft, Paul Volcker, U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, and Caspar W. Weinberger.
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America and Europe after 9/11 and Iraq: The Great Divide by Sarwar A. Kashmeri