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By H. Wiarda

America’s local international coverage priorities are transferring, towards Asia, the center East, Latin the USA, and Africa, and clear of Europe and Russia. Wiarda examines those alterations and the explanations for them in every one of those nearby parts during this entire paintings on international point of view on American international coverage. Designed as a textual content for introductory diplomacy, overseas coverage, comparative politics, and global politics classes, this ebook succeeds in integrating those usually separate subfields and exhibits how the examine of comparative politics can enlighten overseas coverage.

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Indd 27 9/21/2004 7:42:41 AM 28 ● American Foreign Policy in Regions of Conflict the Baltic—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. That helps both “the Balts” and the Nordics keep the Russians at bay; it also relieves the United States and NATO from having to do that sensitive work. The EU The EU grew out of the European Community (EC), which, in turn, grew out of the European Steel and Coal Community. As the names suggest, the EU began as a trade agreement, grew into an economic common market, and is now not just an economic but also a cultural, social, political, diplomatic, and security/military union.

Particular governments may change but not, as in Iraq or Iran, entire regimes. Nor in Western Europe do we need to be concerned about civil war or armed insurrection or having to deal with extremist regimes of either the far left or the far right. AIDS epidemics, genocide, and armed conflicts between the countries are also pretty well ruled out. In other words, as countries climb the ladder of national development and become modern states, the nature of the internal issues they face, their foreign policies, and the nature of their relations with the United States all undergo fundamental transformations.

On the international front, no great or even major power developed in the modern era in Eastern Europe. Poland “disappeared” during the entire nineteenth century, carved up and absorbed by the other great powers: Germany, Russia, and Austria. The Austro-Hungarian Empire, long weaker than its large territory suggested, was defeated in World War I and broken up into the smaller nation-states of Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. The Ottoman Empire similarly disappeared in World War I, pulling back to its base in Asia Minor (Turkey) but leaving behind pockets of Muslim communities (Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo) that would retard South-East Europe’s development.

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