The twelve months that spanned the period between the early springtimes of 1991 and 1992 may well turn out to constitute the most important year for American foreign and security policy in half a century. Encasing the dawning of a new and different security era, like macabre parentheses, were two columns of black smoke-that of 1991 over the newly liberated Kuwait, and that of 1992 over the embattled district of South-Central Los Angeles. Within these acrid temporal brackets unfolded a set of developments of utmost significance for American foreign and security policy and for the very meaning of the country's external commitments.
List of Tables -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction: America in a Unipolar World? / David G. Haglund -- PART ONE – Commitments -- 1 United States Security Policy in the 1990s: Decade of Grace, Decade of Decision, / Allen Sens 23 – 2 Questioning the Unquestionable: American Perspectives on European "Security Architecture," / James A. Winship -- 3 The United States and the United Germany: Partners in Leadership? / Klaus-Dieter Mensel -- 4 Will Japan Remain Committed? The Changing Dynamics of the US-Japanese Security Relationship, / Michael K. Hawes -- 5 Korea: Mission Complete? / Thomas H. Buchanan -- PART TWO – Capabilities -- 6 After the "Maritime Strategy": The United States Navy in the Post-Cold War Era, / Joel J. Sokolsky -- 7 The Influence of Nuclear Weapons on Future American Foreign Policy, / William R. Johnston -- 8 Security Assistance: An Applicable Strategy for the 1990s? / Philip C. Rusciolelli -- 9 Security, Competitiveness, and International Cooperation in US Defense Industrial Base Policy, / Alistair D. Edgar -- PART THREE -- Conclusion -- 10 Can America Remain Committed? / David G. Haglund -- About the Contributors – Index.