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By H. Wiarda

America’s local overseas coverage priorities are transferring, 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 every one of those nearby parts during this entire paintings on worldwide point of view on American international coverage. Designed as a textual content for introductory diplomacy, international coverage, comparative politics, and international politics classes, this publication succeeds in integrating those usually separate subfields and exhibits how the examine of comparative politics can enlighten international coverage.

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There are many interesting and important issues here. We begin in this chapter with a consideration of Eastern Europe and how its incorporation into the West involves both opportunities and challenges. indd 35 9/21/2004 7:42:46 AM 36 ● American Foreign Policy in Regions of Conflict progression of NATO and the EU presents immense challenges to that country too. Background Eastern Europe, on the periphery of the Continental European Core Area (France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria), has long been poorer than the rest of Europe.

S. relations with Europe are still important—some would say preeminently important—but they are of a special kind. Let us try to specify what makes them special: 1. In the United States, Canada (a member of NATO and of the Trans-Atlantic Alliance), and Western Europe, we are dealing exclusively with developed, modern states. There are no Third World countries here or the issues and problems that go with them. 1 all the countries are in the highincome category. 2. The differences we have with the countries of Western Europe are, mainly, arguments among friends and allies.

As one commentator put it, the purpose of NATO in Europe was to keep the United States in, the Soviet Union out, and Germany divided. Hence, when Germany was united in 1991, it sent shockwaves through the capitals of Europe. A big, united, powerful Germany still raises alarms on the European continent. Since World War II Germany has become peaceful, stable, and democratic. Everyone is pleased by Germany’s democratic progress, its prosperity and stable middle class, and its incorporation into both NATO and the EU.

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