American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War

American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War

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As director for European affairs at the National Security Council from 1989 to 1992, Robert Hutchings was at the heart of U.S. policymaking toward Europe and the Soviet Union during the dizzyingly fast dissolution of the Soviet bloc. American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War presents an insider's report on and analysis of U.S. performance during a crucial turn of world history. Hutchings also brings a scholar's balanced judgment and historical perspective to his insider's view as he reconstructs how things looked to policymakers in the United States and in Europe, describes how and why decisions were made, and critically examines those decisions in the light of what can now be known. He assesses the critical support of U.S. diplomacy for the East European revolutions and the unification of Germanya€”offering fascinating character sketches along the waya€”and describes how U.S. relations with Moscow were managed up to the collapse of the USSR. Hutchings also discusses the difficulties in forging a post-cold war European order and U.S. failures in dealing with a disintegrating Yugoslavia.But the essay nonetheless concluded that aquot;the proper goal of American policy toward its former cold-war rival remains in 1996 what it was in a#39;93: a peaceful, democratic, prosperous Russia fully integrated into the international community.

Title:American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War
Author:Robert L. Hutchings
Publisher:Woodrow Wilson Center Press - 1997


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