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Allies at war : America, Europe, and the crisis over Iraq
Gordon, Phillip H.
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New York : McGraw-Hill, [2004]

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vi, 266 pages ; 24 cm
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"A Brookings Institution Book."
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JZ1570.A57 I724 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Offers a history of the relationship between America and Europe since World War II, describing the tension between the allies over situations in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq, and discussing the importance of the US-European alliance to fight terrorism.

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Booklist Review

Gordon, former director for European affairs at the National Security Council, and Shapiro, who toils alongside Gordon as a research fellow in foreign-policy studies at the Brookings Institution, have composed what is sure to be the first of many such explorations of the breakdown of the Atlantic Alliance over the issue of war with Iraq. They begin with a detailed account of the origins of the alliance in the postwar mid-twentieth century before demonstrating how the alliance was rent by the U.S. insistence on action against the Saddam Hussein regime. The authors are evenhanded--reminding readers of France's rebellious tendencies toward American hegemony as far back as DeGaulle's days. They also castigate Jacques Chirac's ingenuousness for suggesting that France would go along with whatever the UN Security Council voted on the war when he knew all along that France's veto would doom the vote. In general, the authors seem to come down on the side of the U.S. remaining a protector of sorts for Europe, using their forces for the communal good of the alliance. --Allen Weakland Copyright 2004 Booklist

Choice Review

The 2003 disagreement over Iraq produced the worst crises in the trans-Atlantic alliance in 50 years. When the war began, relations between the US and some leading European allies were so strained that the very future of the Atlantic alliance stood in question. Iraq highlighted a reality that had evolved over considerable time. Since the end of the Cold War and the emergence of the US as the sole superpower, the US and Europe had grown apart strategically, culturally, and even morally. The two sides viewed the world so differently that many on both sides of the Atlantic were prepared to accept the dissolution of the long partnership. In their dispassionate account, Brookings Institution analysts Gordon and Shapiro trace the origins of this condition, how disputes in the Balkans, Iran, and Iraq during the Clinton administration exacerbated tensions, and how the Bush administration's unilateralist style and arrogance took the alliance to the edge. Finally the authors emphasize the importance of the alliance, insist that the damage is not irreconcilable, and offer prescriptions for restoring the partnership. Although nothing groundbreaking emerges from the book, it is a good overview and an apt critique of Bush foreign policy. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduate through graduate collections. J. P. Dunn Converse College