By H. Wiarda

The United States s nearby international coverage priorities are transferring, towards Asia, the center East, Latin the USA, and Africa, and clear of Europe and Russia. Wiarda examines those alterations and the explanations for them in every one of those local components during this accomplished paintings on international standpoint on American overseas coverage. Designed as a textual content for introductory diplomacy, overseas coverage, comparative politics, and global politics classes, this booklet succeeds in integrating those usually separate subfields and exhibits how the examine of comparative politics can enlighten international coverage.

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Northern Europe Northern Europe, Scandinavia, or the Nordic countries, as they are variously known, consist of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. Iceland may also be considered a part of this group, although it is very Western Europe ● 27 small and is geographically separated from the others by a thousand miles of ocean. Estonia would like to be considered a Scandinavian nation, and perhaps Latvia and Lithuania as well; but they are much poorer than the other Nordics, are different culturally and ethnically, and were long under Russian and Soviet control.

S. influence) began to draw up plans to have the newly liberated East European countries admitted to their clubs. The requirements included the establishment of democracy in Eastern Europe, a better human rights record after the strict controls of the Soviet era, reform and privatization (capitalism) of these formerly socialist economies, infrastructure reform (education, governance, public administration), and, in the case of NATO, military reform. It should be emphasized that all these are major changes, not just mere tinkering, involving wholesale changes in how these countries were run and fundamental or systemic renovation.

In the twentieth century, through two world wars, the Cold War, and now in the twenty-first century the war on terrorism, Great Britain has emerged as our closest ally. Much of American law, constitutionalism, and political practices are derived from Great Britain. So does our English language and much of our culture. Public opinion surveys reveal that Americans feel closer to Great Britain and have warmer feelings toward it than any other country except Canada. Those preferences have given rise to the only half-kidding aphorism that we like Great Britain, Canada, and Australia because we know that English-speaking countries are more trustworthy than any of the other kind.

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