Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Political Science - 176 pages
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From Robert Kagan, a leading scholar of American foreign policy, comes an insightful analysis of the state of European and American foreign relations. At a time when relations between the United States and Europe are at their lowest ebb since World War II, this brief but cogent book is essential reading. Kagan forces both sides to see themselves through the eyes of the other. Europe, he argues, has moved beyond power into a self-contained world of laws, rules, and negotiation, while America operates in a “Hobbesian” world where rules and laws are unreliable and military force is often necessary.

Tracing how this state of affairs came into being over the past fifty years and fearlessly exploring its ramifications for the future, Kagan reveals the shape of the new transatlantic relationship. The result is a book that promises to be as enduringly influential as Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.

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User Review  - norro - LibraryThing

I really wish I had read this book sooner. This book feels dated to the early years of the Bush administration war drums are beginning to beat in the US and over seas. The events of the Iraq war and ... Read full review

OF PARADISE AND POWER: America and Europe in the New World Order

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Former diplomat and current conservative think-tanker Kagan (A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1996) rehashes an argument he originally offered in 2001 in Policy Review.That argument ... Read full review

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Robert Kagan is a senior fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution and a columnist for The Washington Post. He is also the author of The Return of History and the End of DreamsDangerous NationOf Paradise and Power, and A Twilight Struggle. He served in the U.S. State Department from 1984 to 1988. He lives with his wife and two children.

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