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Trans-Atlantic Tensions

The United States, Europe, and Problem Countries


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Americans and Europeans are divided by more than an ocean when it comes to designing and carrying out policies toward countries that repress human rights, develop weapons of mass destruction, and/or support terrorism and subversion. Accounting for this divide are distinct interests, domestic politics, and above all profound disagreements between Americans and their counterparts in European capitals and Brussels over what tools of foreign policy - sanctions, engagement, military force - to employ to change the behaviour of problem countries. The result is that Americans and Europeans often work at cross purposes - and that disagreements over policy toward problem countries threaten transatlantic cooperation in other areas, be it within Europe or in building an open world trading system. "Problem" countries selected for treatment in this study are Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria. In each case, leading study are Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria. In each case, leading American and European experts contribute separate chapters explaining sources of US and European differences, consequences for policies designed to influence problem states, and prospects for bridging policy rifts. Contributors are Pauline H. Baker, Antony Goldman, Kenneth I. Juster, Geoffrey Kemp, Dominique Moisi, Richard A. Nuccio, Gideon Rose, Joaquin Roy, Peter Rudolf, Stefano Silvestri, and John J. Stremlau. Richard N. Haass is Director of the Foreign Policy Studies prgram at the Brookings Institution. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including The Reluctant Sheriff: The United States after the Cold War (Council on Foreign Relations, 1997) and Economic Sanctions and American Diplomacy (Council on Foreign Relations, 1998).

Author Biography

Richard N. Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Until June 2003 he was director of policy planning for the Department of State, where he was a principal adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell on a broad range of foreign policy concerns. Previously, Haass was vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. He was also special assistant to President George H. W. Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council, 1989-93. He is the author or editor of ten books in American foreign policy, including The Opportunity: America's Moment to Alter History's Course.
Release date NZ
May 1st, 1999
Edited by Richard N. Haass
Country of Publication
United States
Brookings Institution
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