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By Arthur I. Cyr

The tip of the chilly warfare presents demanding situations and possibilities for American international coverage management that arguably were equalled nowa days in basic terms via the interval within which the chilly warfare begun. With the cave in of the Soviet Union and communist regimes in jap Europe, the companions of the Atlantic alliance have accomplished a profound diplomatic and political victory of ancient value. The foreign procedure which has resulted, even though, arguably has extra uncertainty and unpredictability than the regularly occurring bipolar festival among the 2 superpowers and their allies.

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This includes activities beyond the realm of, or only loosely linked to, traditional diplomacy, the nation-state, and such instruments of policy as regional alliances, military forces, and other entities under the direct control of governments, international corporations or other non-governmental institutions. Migration, tourism, communication as a process, the media as a distinct force in international affairs are all factors under this heading. The sociological dimension is, if you will, the human environment that fleshes out the structural dimension and reflects at least partially the drives, desires and goals articulated by political ideas and ideologies.

In addition, there is attention to ideas influencing European policymakers, especially in terms of the very persistent effort to construct significant regional integration above the level of the nation-state, which contrasts with the situation in and context of Asia. In any democracy, and perhaps particularly in the United States, domestic political dynamics have a very significant influence on foreign policy, and the American domestic political debate is given considerable attention in the analysis.

Both Nato very explicitly, and the European Union more implicitly, have received legitimacy and direction over time as a result of the military threat of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. Nato was designed specifically to confront and mitigate the perceived military danger of the other side in the early days of the Cold War. The European Community was above all a reaction to the dreadful costs of nationalism gone berserk in the two world wars. Yet a more indirect incentive as well for seeking the Community, perhaps especially for Washington, was to use an economically prosperous Europe as the primary bulwark to counter the threat of communism.

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