- Hardcover: 207 pages
- Publisher: Priority Pr Pubns; 1st edition (June 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0870783963
- ISBN-13: 978-0870783968
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,696,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dawn of Peace in Europe: A Twentieth Century Fund Book 1st Edition
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Certain to be an important point of reference in future debates on the mission and structure of NATO, Michael Mandelbaum's The Dawn of Peace in Europe lays out a clear and conservative vision for the future of the Atlantic alliance. Mandelbaum squarely challenges the two major movements for restructuring NATO, both of which have been limitedly pursued by the Clinton Administration: the first is the movement toward NATO-led "out of area" missions, such as deployments in Bosnia or other global hot-spots; the second, the expansion of NATO to the east, bringing nations such as Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic into the alliance. Mandelbaum argues that both of these are bad ideas, the first unattainable, the second undesirable. Instead, he contends the alliance should hold to its 16 members and resist calls for extra-territorial missions. Mandelbaum's contrarian arguments are developed with clear exposition, drawing examples from recent foreign relations, as well as military history. This is an important and timely analysis of American foreign policy and the future of NATO.
Michael Mandelbaum has written a brilliant book that combines the most lucid exposition yet of the post-cold-war order in Europe with a devastating critique of the Clinton Administration's foreign policy. . . .all the more devastating because its tone is so cool. . .this slim volume deftly exposes the evasions, muddles, self-deception and bad faith that to an alarming degree currently shape American policy in Europe. -- The New York Times Book Review, Walter Russell Mead
With the collapse of the Soviet empire, Europe (even when taking the Balkan tragedy into account) is more united and freer from the danger of a major war than at any time in modern history. An historically unprecedented and highly desirable European security order is in place. The Dawn Of Peace In Europe describes this new "common security order", assesses the alternatives to it, and analyzes the conditions necessary for its continuation. Michael Mandelbaum explores the alternatives for NATO, and finds that perpetuating the status quo is necessary, that Bosnia-style "out of area" operations may be desirable but not feasible, and that expansion may be feasible, but not desirable. Mandelbaum then shows how the arms limitation agreements of the 1980s and 90s, in conjunction with the political changes of 1989 and 1991, have created a new European common security order. The Dawn Of Peace In Europe emphasizes the inescapable truth that the future of this new order depends on Russia and the United States. Mandelbaum assesses how the wrenching transitions taking place within Russia might affect its policies toward the arms treaties and toward its European neighbors. Finally, Mandelbaum evaluates the durability of the American commitment to an active role in Europe. The Dawn Of Peace In Europe will bring any student of contemporary European political science up to speed by book's end. Highly recommended! -- Midwest Book Review