Sarwar Kashmeri's America and Europe after 9 11 and Iraq: The Great Divide PDF

By Sarwar Kashmeri

ISBN-10: 0275993019

ISBN-13: 9780275993016

American international coverage towards Europe is merrily rolling alongside the trail of least resistance, within the trust that there's not anything fairly amiss with the European-American courting that multilateralism won't repair. no longer actual, argues Kashmeri. The alliance is lifeless, can't be mounted, and needs to be renegotiated. It has now not grown to house Europe's emergence as an immense energy. a type of usa of Europe, with international priorities diverse from these of the U.S., has arrived at America's doorstep. yet the United States remains to be forging international coverage for Europe utilizing chilly struggle realities; either Democrats and Republicans count on the eu Union to fall into step, and document for provider as needed—under American leadership.Europe, in spite of the fact that, has different plans, and because it turns into extra strong at the global level, competing visions of eu management have emerged. The Iraq battle has introduced them into stark aid. for instance, as Kashmeri issues out, the Atlantic divide over Iraq used to be extra approximately French-British festival for management of Europe than it used to be a few department among American ambitions and ecu ambitions. He portrays British overseas coverage as out of contact with truth, as a coverage that has performed a disservice to the us as a result of Blair government's exaggerated and self-serving view of the British-American targeted courting. Kashmeri concludes with prescriptions for forging a brand new alliance in accordance with a different dating with the eu Union. This time table is galvanized through the ideas 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 ok. Clark, Brent Scowcroft, Paul Volcker, U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, and Caspar W. Weinberger.

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You may have started European integration, Palacio often reminded France and Germany when they threw their weight around, but don’t 16 America and Europe after 9/11 and Iraq try to hijack the European Union—that belongs to all its members. To make sure this position was driven home, Spain had joined with Poland in December 2003 to block ratification of the European constitution rather than give in to France and Germany, who insisted on changing the previously agreed balance of voting rights among the European Union’s member states, to favor themselves.

Hagel believes that whenever America acts unilaterally, it gets into trouble; he points to America’s disastrous experience in Vietnam. ” Iraq too has been a costly experience for the United States, an experience that, in light of Vietnam, should have been avoided. Hagel was dead set against taking action without broad international support for the Iraqi war, and he believes the United States should have spent more time thinking through the Iraqi crisis: Who would govern when Saddam Hussein was gone?

The United States had tried to use the imminent threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction as justification for its invasion and slugged it out with a disbelieving Security Council led by France and Germany. The world watched with fascination and bewilderment at the spectacle of these Western allies competing to court votes from countries that had thus far remained a cipher in global diplomacy but were now transformed into geopolitical heavyweights because of their occupation of the temporary Security Council seats.

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