Allies At War: America, Europe, and the Split Over Iraq

Hardcover | March 17, 2004

byPhilip Gordon

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A thorough analysis of where U.S./European relations have gone wrong--and how to set them right ALLIES AT WAR is the first and most comprehensive assessment of what went wrong between America and Europe during the crisisover Iraq and is based on extensive interviews with policymakers in the United States and Europe. It puts the crisis over Iraq in historical context by examining US-Europe relations since World War II and shows how the alliance traditionally managed to overcome its many internal difficulties and crises. It describes how the deep strategic differences that emerged at the end of the Cold War and the disputes over the Balkans and the Middle East during the Clinton years already had some analysts questioning whether the Alliance could survive. It shows how the Bush administration's unilateral diplomacy and world-view helped bring already simmering tensions to a boil, and describes in depth the events leading upto the Iraq crisis of 2003. Gordon and Shapiro explain how powerful forcessuch rising American power and the September 11 terrorist attacks have made relations between America and Europe increasingly difficult. But the authors argue that the split over Iraq was not inevitable: it was the result of misguided decisions and unnecessary provocations on both sides. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that claims that the Iraq war signaledthe effective end of the Atlantic Alliance, the authors warn that assumingthe end of the Alliance could quickly become a self-fulfilling prophesy: leaving the United States isolated, resented, and responsible for bearing the burdens of maintaining international security largely alone. In response to those who argue that the Atlantic Alliance is no longer viableor necessary, ALLIES AT WAR demonstrates that even after Iraq, the United States and Europe can work together, and indeed must if they wish to effectively address the most pressing problems of our age. The book makes concrete proposals for restoring transatlantic relations and updating the alliance to meet new challenges like global terrorism and the transformation of an unstable Middle East.

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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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A thorough analysis of where U.S./European relations have gone wrong--and how to set them right ALLIES AT WAR is the first and most comprehensive assessment of what went wrong between America and Europe during the crisisover Iraq and is based on extensive interviews with policymakers in the United States and Europe. It puts the crisis ...

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"Masterful ... a timely demonstration that a new transatlantic compact is both possible and necessary for our common security." --Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee A Detailed Examination of What Has Gone Wrong in the Fragile U.S./Europe Alliance--and How to Make It Right Praise for Allies at War:...

Philip H. Gordon, Ph.D. , is a senior fellow and Jeremy Shapiro, Ph.D. , is an associate director and research fellow with the Brookings Institution. Dr. Gordon has written for prominent publications including the New York Times and appears regularly on CNN, ABC, and other broadcast outlets. Both live in Washington, DC.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:188 pages, 9.3 × 6.21 × 1.08 inPublished:March 17, 2004Publisher:McGraw-HillLanguage:English

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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.