Global America: Imposing Liberalism on a Recalcitrant World

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U.S. Policy in Europe

We will now look at U.S. policy in Europe, starting after the end of the Second World War, in order to see how the United States is making use of its power to refashion the world order. The two world wars and the cold war initially started in Europe. Europe has been, for most of the twentieth century, the richest and most productive continent. After the cold war, this region witnessed the greatest successes of U.S. security policy. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been the means for containing and deterring Soviet aggression into Western Europe, as well as providing the military defence for the integration of Europe, which has been under way since the mid- 1950s. In July 1997, the NATO alliance accepted applications for new members, inviting the former Communist states and Soviet satellites, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary, to begin negotiations and then to join in 1999.

This policy of NATO enlargement has allowed historical animosities in Central and Eastern Europe to be abandoned, but at the risk of alienating Russia. Political, economic, and military reforms have proceeded in the transition to a post-communist world, with general success. Further, NATO had become progressively more confident and intrusive in the Balkan Wars of the 1990s, finally in 1999 declaring its willingness to deploy ground combat forces against Serbia in pursuit of the liberal principles of support for human rights and national selfdetermination. A framework had been created by the United States in which Europeans would be asked to complement U.S. forces in military operations within and outside the continent. The United States was transforming NATO from a regional collective security alliance against the Soviet Union, into a

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms vii
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • Preface xiii
  • 1 - Considerations of American Power 1
  • 2 - Popular Culture, Corporate Power, Imperial State 31
  • 3 - Domestic Constraints on American Power 61
  • 4 - U.S. Policy in the Middle East 83
  • 5 - Policy in Europe 95
  • 6 - U.S. Policy in the Asia Pacific 123
  • 7 - Challenges to U.S. Hegemony 153
  • 8 - Prospects for the Twenty-First Century 181
  • Bibliography 213
  • Index 216
  • About the Authors 226
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