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Articles from Vol. 59, No. 1, Winter

Addicted to Security: Globalized Terrorism and the Inevitability of American Unilateralism
MAJOR EVENTS SUCH AS THE END OF THE COLD WAR, the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, the US war in Afghanistan (2001) and the Iraq war led by the US and the UK (2003) provide excellent opportunities to re-evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of...
A Defensive Orientation in Soviet and Russian Strategic Nuclear Thought?: The Case of No-First-Use
Nicole C. Evans is completing her doctorate in international relations at the University of Oxford, St. Antony's College. She is the 2003-2004 retained lecturer in international relations at the university's Wadham College.DESPITE THE END OF THE COLD...
Being Chinese: Voices from the Diaspora
Wei DjaoTucson: University of Arizona Press, 2003, xxi, 240pp, US$22.95 paper (ISBN 0-8165-2302-9)The Chinese diaspora is a global phenomenon. However, previous studies have rarely approached this subject from a global perspective. Wei Djao's book is...
Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America, 2nd Ed
Edited by Jorge I. Dominguez and Michael ShifterBaltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003, xix, 450pp, US$59.95 cloth (ISBN 0-8018-7119-0), US$18.95 paper (ISBN 0-8018-7120-4)Latin America's democratic institutions are demonstrating increasing...
Democracy after Communism
Edited by Larry Diamond and Marc F. PlattnerBaltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002, xxiv, 288pp, US$18.95 paper (ISBN 0-8018-7076-3)Ever since the collapse of Communist regimes in eastern Europe in 1989 and the spectacular collapse of the USSR...
Dilemmas of Reconciliation: Cases and Concepts
Edited by Carol A. L. Prager and Trudy GovierWaterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2003, vi, 360pp, $34.95 paper (ISBN 0-88920-415-2)Mass human rights abuses claimed more lives in the 20th century than warfare. Between 1900 and 1987, 170 million...
Dominique De Villepin
Daniel Vernet is directeur des relations internationales, Le Monde, Paris.Translated by Susan M. Murphy.IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD--or was it the deed? Dominique de Villepin hesitates between Saint John and Doctor Faust. For this French minister of...
Drawing Lines in Sand and Snow: Border Security and North American Economic Integration
Bradley J. Condon and Tapen SinhaArmonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2003, xxii, 211pp, US$64.95 cloth (ISBN 0-7656-1235-6), US$24.95 paper (ISBN 0-7656-1236-4)This study contains a valuable store of information about several of the challenges facing the three...
France and the US: The Inevitable Clash?
IT HAS BECOME BANAL TO STATE THAT THE IRAQ CRISIS has generated profound tensions between the United States and France. The rift that resulted can be considered unprecedented, which makes the evaluation of its long-term consequences difficult. Throughout...
Friendship under Strain or Fundamental Alienation?: Germany-US Relations
DESPITE TWO PERSONAL MEETINGS between German chancellor Gerhard Schroder and US president George W. Bush during the G8 summit in Evian and the UN General Assembly session in New York, Germany-US relations remain in their deepest crisis of the post-Second...
Getting It Done: Post-Agreement Negotiation and International Regimes
Edited by Bertram I. Spector and I. William ZartmanWashington, DC: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2003, xviii, 314pp, US$39.95 cloth (ISBN 1-929223-43-9), US$17.50 paper (ISBN 1-929223-42-0)The multiplication and increasing complexity of international...
La Politique Etrangere Des Etats-Unis
Fondements, acteurs, formulationCharles-Philippe David, Louis Balthazar, and Justin VaisseParis: Presses de Sciences Po, 2003, 382pp, 29.80 paper (ISBN 2-7246-0919-0)At a time when it seems that the leaders of the United States and France have lost their...
Making the Best of Difference: A New Start for Transatlantic Relations
THE IRAQ CRISIS ILLUSTRATED RIFTS IN SECURITY POLICY between the positions of the US and some European states as well as among the Europeans themselves. Snappy remarks about "adventurism" (Gerhard Schroder) and "old versus new Europe" (Donald Rumsfeld)...
Navigating a New World: Canada's Global Future
Lloyd AxworthyToronto: Knopf Canada, 2003, xiii, 450pp, $37.95 cloth (ISBN 0-676-97463-5)Lloyd Axworthy was Canadian foreign minister for four and a half years, from early 1996 to the fall of 2000. It was in many respects a good time to be foreign minister,...
Odd Man In: Canada and the Transatlantic Crisis
Even the on-again-off-again acceptance of the principle of a common policy by the many states of the EEC is no model for a continent consisting of one superpower and one middle power. Canada thus becomes the odd man out, the unsymmetrical...
Piecing Together the Interwar Disarmament Puzzle: Trends and Possiblities
DISARMAMENT AS A MODERN PHENOMENON has its roots in the success and, more often, the failure of international disarmament initiatives during the period between the two world wars. Set in motion in 1919 by the Treaty of Versailles, which followed four...
Planet Earth: Russia and Transatlantic Relations
THE IRAQ WAR HAS TRIGGERED "the most severe transatlantic tensions in a generation, dividing Europeans and Americans from each other and among themselves."(1) Most politicians and analysts drew the conclusion in the wake of that war that a single superpower...
Russia's Road to Deeper Democracy
Tom BjorkmanWashington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2003, x, 141pp, US$39.95 cloth (ISBN 0-8157-0898-X), US$16.95 paper (ISBN 0-8157-0899-8)Tom Bjorkman takes on those who see authoritarianism as the wave of Russia's future. Agreeing with the consensus...
The Other War: Global Poverty and the Millennium Challenge Account
Lael Brainard, Carol Graham, Nigel Purvis, Steven Radlet, and Gayle E. SmithWashington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2003, x, 265pp, US$46.95 cloth (ISBN 0-8157-1114-X), US$18.95 paper (ISBN 0-8157-1115-8)At the March 2002 UN Conference on Finance...
Tony Blair, Iraq and the Special Relationship: Poodle or Partner?
SINCE 1945, IN A VAIN ATTEMPT to retain great power status, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London has encouraged British prime ministers, of whatever party, to nurture a "special relationship" with the United States. Some, like Tony Blair, also...
Transatlantic Relations: A View from the Netherlands
THE APPOINTMENT OF THE DUTCH FOREIGN MINISTER Jaap de Hoop Scheffer as NATO's new secretary-general is seen as a reward to the Dutch for being a loyal ally to the United States and one of the major troop contributors within NATO. The same explanation...
Turbulant Waters: Cross-Border Finance and International Governance
Ralph C. BryantWashington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2003, xvi, 503pp, US$52.95 cloth (ISBN 0-8157-0072-5), US$24.95 paper (ISBN 0-8157-0071-7)Recent financial crises in Asia, Russia and Latin America have heightened concerns about the destabilizing...