Parting Ways: The Crisis in German-American Relations

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Brookings Institution Press, 30 сент. 2004 г. - Всего страниц: 224

Germany and the United States entered the post-9/11 era as allies, but they will leave it as partners of convenience—or even possibly as rivals. The first comprehensive examination of the German-American relationship written since the invasion of Iraq, Parting Ways is indispensable for those seeking to chart the future course of the transatlantic alliance. In early 2003, it became apparent that many nations, including close allies of the United States, would not participate in the U.S.-led coalition against Iraq. Despite the high-profile tension between the United States and France, some of the most bitter opposition came from Germany, marking the end not only of the German-American "special relationship," but also of the broader transatlantic relationship's preeminence in Western strategic thought.

Drawing on extensive research and personal interviews with decisionmakers and informed observers in both the United States and Germany, Stephen F. Szabo frames the clash between Gerhard Schröder and George W. Bush over U.S. policy in Iraq in the context of the larger changes shaping the relationship between the two countries. Szabo considers such longer-term factors as the decreasing strategic importance of the U.S.-German relationship for each nation in the post-cold war era, the emergence of a new German identity within Germany itself, and a U.S. foreign policy led by what is arguably the most ideological administration of the post-World War II era.

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A Poisoned Relationship
1
From Unlimited Solidarity to Reckless Adventurism Responding to 911
15
Partners in Contradiction From the Election to War
34
Kulturkampf A Clash of Strategic Cultures
52
Is It Bush or Is It America? German Images of the United States
79
Welcome to the Berlin Republic
104
From Alliance to Alignment
131
Chronology of GermanAmerican Relations September 11 2001March 20 2003
154
Notes
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Index
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Stephen F. Szabo is professor of European studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and holder of the Steven Muller Chair in German Studies at the SAIS Bologna Center in 2004-05. He focuses on the areas of European security and politics, with a specialization on contemporary Germany. He was a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in fall 2002. His previous books include The Diplomacy of German Unification (St. Martin's Press, 1992).

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