TITLE

EUROPEAN-AMERICAN RELATIONS: THE ENDURING CRISIS

AUTHOR(S)
Joffe, Josef
PUB. DATE
March 1981
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Spring81, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p835
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article examines the effects of the Cuban missile crisis and the invasion of Afghanistan on the relationship between Europe and the U.S. More than a year after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the West is still laboring under a vexing paradox. By comparison with earlier police actions in East Germany, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, the vaunted military machine of the Soviet Union has not fared well in the attempt to take all of Afghanistan. Yet while unable to impose control the Soviet Union has scored two staggering diplomatic victories It has succeeded in splitting the Islamic world and in accelerating the continental drift between Europe and U.S. Instead of infusing the West with a new unity of purpose, as might have been expected, the crisis over Afghanistan has left a legacy of confusion, distrust and resentment. Europeans and U.S. citizens have never been able to close ranks in the face of crises outside the pale of the North Atlantic Treaty. Reacting to the hapless, costly and society-rending intervention in Southeast Asia, the United States cut back on its worldwide commitments and began to deemphasize the weight of military power in foreign policy.
ACCESSION #
4854033

 

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