By H. Wiarda
The United States s nearby overseas coverage priorities are moving, towards Asia, the center East, Latin the US, and Africa, and clear of Europe and Russia. Wiarda examines those alterations and the explanations for them in each one of those local parts during this accomplished paintings on international standpoint on American international coverage. Designed as a textual content for introductory diplomacy, international coverage, comparative politics, and global politics classes, this publication succeeds in integrating those frequently separate subfields and indicates how the research of comparative politics can enlighten international coverage.
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And West European interests in the region. In the course of halting, reversing, and then rolling back the German/Fascist invasion of Russia, the large Russian armies marched into and occupied all three of the Baltic countries. They also occupied Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, and about 40 percent of Germany. Eastern Europe ● 41 The Balkans were forcefully pacified under a similarly brutal communist government headed by Josip Tito allied to the Soviet Union and now called, somewhat artificially, Yugoslavia.
If we look at the present candidates for admission to the European club, they are poorer still. Only Croatia has the present wealth to compare with the rest of Eastern Europe (its candidacy has been held up by its unwillingness to hand over war criminals to the international criminal court in The Hague). Meanwhile, the other current candidates—Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia, Kosovo (for which we have no figures as yet), and Serbia—are way down the list in terms of wealth and are definitely at Third World levels.
The newer generations of Germans are much more liberal and far less authoritarian than were the older generations. But while the United States sees Germany as a loyal ally and a bulwark of stability and middle-of-the-road government, many Europeans still worry about Germany. Is it fully democratic and 24 ● American Foreign Policy in Regions of Conflict stable? Has German political culture really changed? Might a reunited and powerful Germany decide to go its own way, ignore NATO and the EU, and follow—once again—a more independent and aggressive foreign policy?