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The End of the West?: Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order

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Overview

The past several years have seen strong disagreements between the U.S. government and many of its European allies, largely due to the deployment of NATO forces in Afghanistan and the commitment of national forces to the occupation of Iraq. News accounts of these challenges focus on isolated incidents and points of contention. The End of the West? addresses some basic questions: Are we witnessing a deepening transatlantic rift, with wide-ranging consequences for the future of world order? Or are today's foreign-policy disagreements the equivalent of dinner-table squabbles? What harm, if any, have recent events done to the enduring relationships between the U.S. government and its European counterparts?The contributors to this volume, whose backgrounds range from political science and history to economics, law, and sociology, examine the "deep structure" of an order that was first imposed by the Allies in 1945 and has been a central feature of world politics ever since. Creatively and insightfully blending theory and evidence, the chapters in The End of the West? examine core structural features of the transatlantic world to determine whether current disagreements are minor and transient or catastrophic and permanent.
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"In this must-read book, an outstanding group of scholars tackles one of the most critical international issues of our time: how the transatlantic partnership will evolve in the years to come. To what extent are the forces of change structural and so largely immutable to control; to what extent can policy decisions mold events? Everyone concerned about the future of American political, security, and economic relations with the European Union and NATO is sure to find in The End of the West? compelling arguments for thought and debate."—Tony Smith, Cornelia M. Jackson Professor of Political Science, Tufts University

"The End of the West? is the best overview of the transatlantic order in the past decade. The authors of this excellent book take a big-picture approach, addressing the issue from varying theoretical perspectives in a first-rate series of essays. The book should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the changing transatlantic partnership or its implications for theories of international relations."—Mark A. Pollack, Temple University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801474002
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 2/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,441,404
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors

Acknowledgments

1 Explaining Crisis and Change in Transatlantic Relations: An Introduction G. John Ikenberry Ikenberry, G. John 1

2 Inevitable Decline versus Predestined Stability: Disciplinary Explanations of the Evolving Transatlantic Order Gunther Hellmann Hellmann, Gunther 28

3 The Ghost of Crises Past: The Troubled Alliance in Historical Perspective William I. Hitchcock Hitchcock, William I. 53

4 Iraq and Previous Transatlantic Crises: Divided by Threat, Not Institutions or Values Henry R. Nau Nau, Henry R. 82

5 The Atlantic Order in Transition: The Nature of Change in U.S.-European Relations Charles A. Kupchan Kupchan, Charles A. 111

6 Trade Is No Superglue: The Changing Political Economy of Transatlantic Relations Jens van Scherpenberg van Scherpenberg, Jens 127

7 The Ties That Bind? U.S.-EU Economic Relations and the Institutionalization of the Transatlantic Alliance Kathleen R. McNamara McNamara, Kathleen R. 157

8 Crisis, What Crisis? Transatlantic Differences and the Foundations of International Law Michael Byers Byers, Michael 186

9 The Sovereign Foundations of Transatlantic Crisis in the Post-9/11 Era Jeffrey Anderson Anderson, Jeffrey 210

10 Passions within Reason John A. Hall Hall, John A. 229

11 American Exceptionalism or Western Civilization? Dieter Fuchs Fuchs, Dieter Hans-Dieter Klingemann Klingemann, Hans-Dieter 247

12 The End of the West? Conclusions Thomas Risse Risse, Thomas 263

Index 291

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