1st Edition

The Bush Administration (1989-1993) and the Development of a European Security Identity

ISBN 9781138712669
Published November 3, 2017 by Routledge
284 Pages

USD $150.00

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Book Description

This title was first published in 2001. This compelling study draws insightful conclusions about US foreign policy towards Europe at a critical juncture in the post-Cold War period. An absorbing and illuminating account, this material will be useful to non-specialists and student readers of US foreign policy, European integration, and international relations alike.

Table of Contents

Contents: Transatlantic relations in the post-Cold War period; Realism and the end of the Cold War; The US and development of a European security identity: a historic perspective; American reactions to common foreign and security policy (CFSP); Transatlantic relations and the Yugoslav crisis; Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.

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Sophie Vanhoonacker is Senior Lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), Maastricht (NL). She has a master degree in history (Catholic University of Leuven)(B) and in International Relations (Free University Brussels)(B). She obtained her PhD in International Relations from the University of Leiden with the current study on the Bush administration and the Development of a European Security Identity.


’...lively and thoughtful...a useful reminder of the impermanence of conventional wisdom...an illuminating portrait of a critical relationship in a critical era...For Vanhoonacker’s insight into U.S. policymaking in the Bush era perhaps owes less to realist theory than to the author’s comprehensive research and acute analysis...Vanhoonacker’s comprehensive setting of the scene supports her judicious apportionment of responsibility for the many blunders committed in the Balkans.’ Wendy Moore, US Diplomat, Washington DC, USA ’The Bush Administration and the Development of a European Security Identity is not only a compelling history, it is actually about the here and the now since many of the issues that the Bush administration grappled with in the early post-Cold war years are still with us. The successes and failures of the administration are presented in a clear and accessible manner and they may even provide some salutary lessons to the new Bush administration. Like father, like son may or may not apply, but Sophie Vanhoonacker makes a powerful case for understanding the past in order to make sense of the present.’ Simon Duke, Associate Professor, European Institute of Public Administration, The Netherlands ’A particularly timely and enlightening study of the transatlantic security relationship after the end of the Cold War. With a new American administration and a new European Security and Defense Policy at the start of the new millennium, this is a must read for all observers of the US-European relationship.’ Professor Glenda G. Rosenthal, Columbia University, USA