The cold war came to a grinding halt during the astounding developments of 1989-1991. The Berlin Wall fell, Eastern European countries freed themselves from Soviet domination, and the Soviet Union itself disintegrated after witnessing a failed coup presumably aimed at restoring a communist dictatorship. Suddenly the “evil empire” was no more, and U.S. foreign policy was forever changed. This volume explores the revisions to a variety of bureaucratic institutions and policy areas in the wake of these political upheavals.
Editors Randall B. Ripley and James M. Lindsay have defied the norm by bringing the work of more than a dozen authors together into a coherent text. . . . The book has great utility as a supplemental paperback for teaching U.S. foreign policy formulation.
A superb introduction to current US foreign policy challenges.
The end of the Cold War is the great defining event of international relations in our time. Pundits have discussed it in almost millennial terms, and analysts have attributed to it nearly as many phenomena as are said to have been caused by El Nino. . . . Randall Ripley and James Lindsay ask their contributors to assess the degree of real change that this scrambling of the fixed point of international life for four decades caused in the substance of and the processes for making American foreign policy.