By Stephen F. Szabo
Germany and the USA entered the post-9/11 period as allies, yet they'll go away it as companions of convenienceor even in all likelihood as opponents. the 1st accomplished exam of the German-American courting written because the invasion of Iraq, Parting methods is essential for these trying to chart the longer term process the transatlantic alliance. In early 2003, it turned obvious that many countries, together with shut allies of the USA, wouldn't perform the U.S.-led coalition opposed to Iraq. regardless of the high-profile rigidity among the us and France, one of the most sour competition got here from Germany, marking the tip not just of the German-American "special relationship," but in addition of the wider transatlantic relationship's preeminence in Western strategic thought.
Drawing on wide learn and private interviews with decisionmakers and educated observers in either the U.S. and Germany, Stephen F. Szabo frames the conflict among Gerhard Schröder and George W. Bush over U.S. coverage in Iraq within the context of the bigger alterations shaping the connection among the 2 nations. Szabo considers such longer-term elements because the reducing strategic significance of the U.S.-German dating for every kingdom within the post-cold struggle period, the emergence of a brand new German identification inside Germany itself, and a U.S. overseas coverage led by way of what's arguably the main ideological management of the post-World struggle II era.
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Parting Ways: The Crisis in German-American Relations by Stephen F. Szabo