The End of the West?: Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order

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Jeffrey J. Anderson, G. John Ikenberry, Thomas Risse-Kappen
Cornell University Press, 2008 - Political Science - 298 pages
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The past several years have seen strong disagreements between the U.S. government and many of its European allies, largely due to the deployment of NATO forces in Afghanistan and the commitment of national forces to the occupation of Iraq. News accounts of these challenges focus on isolated incidents and points of contention. The End of the West? addresses some basic questions: Are we witnessing a deepening transatlantic rift, with wide-ranging consequences for the future of world order? Or are today's foreign-policy disagreements the equivalent of dinner-table squabbles? What harm, if any, have recent events done to the enduring relationships between the U.S. government and its European counterparts?The contributors to this volume, whose backgrounds range from political science and history to economics, law, and sociology, examine the "deep structure" of an order that was first imposed by the Allies in 1945 and has been a central feature of world politics ever since. Creatively and insightfully blending theory and evidence, the chapters in The End of the West? examine core structural features of the transatlantic world to determine whether current disagreements are minor and transient or catastrophic and permanent.

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The Troubled Alliance
Divided by Threat
The Nature of Change
The Changing Political Economy
The Ties That Bind? U S EU Economic Relations
Crisis What Crisis? Transatlantic Differences and the
The Sovereign Foundations of Transatlantic Crisis
Passions within Reason
American Exceptionalism or Western Civilization?
The End of the West? Conclusions

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Anderson is associate professor of political science at Brown University.

G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also Co-Director of Princeton's Center for International Security Studies. Professor Ikenberry is also a Global Eminence Scholar at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea and, in 2013 14, he will be the 72nd Eastman Visiting Professor at Balliol College, Oxford. Professor Ikenberry has written and edited several books including After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars (2001), which won the 2002 Schroeder Jervis Award presented by the American Political Science Association for the best book in international history and politics and Unipolarity and International Relations Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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