Crescent of Crisis: U.S.-European Strategy for the Greater Middle East

Crescent of Crisis: U.S.-European Strategy for the Greater Middle East

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Overview

The greater Middle East is beset by a crescent of crisis-a region of urgent danger stretching from Pakistan to Afghanistan, through Iran and Iraq, all the way to the Syria/Lebanon question and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The specific problems range from terrorism and nuclear proliferation to the rise of fundamentalism and a lack of democracy. These crises pose perhaps the most pressing security challenges to Europe and the United States today. Unfortunately, the U.S. and its allies across the Atlantic generally have approached them in separate ways, often resulting in tense transatlantic relations as well as missed opportunities to make the world safer. Clearly time has come for greater coordination of strategy and action.

Crescent of Crisis brings together several leading American and European experts to develop a common approach to the pressing worries of the region. The contributors include some of the foremost analysts of the region from both sides of the Atlantic. They provide succinct synopses of the crises, compare U.S. and European perspectives, and suggest ways to increase cooperation. The editors synthesize this into a road map for U.S.-European cooperation in meeting the present and future challenges of this volatile part of the world.

Contributors: Stephen Cohen (Brookings Institution), James Dobbins (RAND), Toby Dodge (University of London), Eva Goes (consultant), Martin Indyk (Saban Center at Brookings), Reinoud Leenders (University of Amsterdam), Flynt Leverett (Saban Center at Brookings), Ken Pollack (Saban Center at Brookings), Jean-Luc Racine (Centre for the Study of India and South Asia, CNRS/EHESS), Barnett Rubin (New York University), Yezid Sayigh (King's College London), Michael Schmunk (Harvard University), Bruno Tertraris (Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815716891
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 01/10/2006
Pages: 263
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ivo H. Daalder is U.S. Ambassador to NATO. Previously, he was a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and the Sydney Stein Jr. Chair in International Security at the Brookings Institution. He is the coauthor, with James M. Lindsay, of America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy (Brookings, 2003) and the coauthor of Winning Ugly: NATO's War to Save Kosovo (Brookings, 2001), written with Michael E. O'Hanlon. Nicole Gnesotto is the vice president of Notre Europe. Previously, she was director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies. She has served as deputy head of the French Foreign Ministry's Centre d'Analyse et de Prevision and is the author of many publications on strategic issues and European security, in particular. Philip H. Gordon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former director for European Affairs at the National Security Council. His books include Winning the Right War: The Path to Security for America and the World (Times Books, 2007) and Allies at War: America, Europe, and the Crisis over Iraq (McGraw Hill, 2004).

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Ivo H. Daalder is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. From 1995 to 1996 he was director for European affairs on President Clinton's national security council staff. A specialist in American foreign policy, European security, and national security affairs, Daalder has authored ten books, including most recently the award-winning America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy (with James M. Lindsay), which was chosen by The Economist as one of the year's best books on politics and current affairs.

Nicole Gnesotto is the director of the Institute for Security Studies of the European Union. She has served as deputy head of the French Foreign Ministry's Centre d'Analyse et de Prevision and is the author of many publications on strategic issues and European security, in particular.

Philip H. Gordon is director of the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Brookings Foreign Policy Studies program. He is the author of a number of books and essays on Europe and the Middle East, including most recently, Allies at War: America, Europe, and the Crisis over Iraq (with Jeremy Shapiro).

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William Kristol

"In an age of too many books, and too many essays, this is a rare bird-a useful, worthwhile, and interesting collection of articles on an important topic. There's a lot of material in here that's worth reading, and worth thinking about."
Editor, The Weekly Standard

Francois Heisbourg

"Crescent of Crisis is a groundbreaking attempt to devise a truly joint U.S.-European strategy towards the world's number one trouble spot. No better team could have been put together for this purpose."
Special Adviser, Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique, Paris

Bruce W. Jentleson

"This is a timely and important American-European collaboration, dealing with some of the Atlantic alliance's toughest issues, and doing so with expertise, savvy, and originality."
Duke University

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