By H. Wiarda
America’s nearby international coverage priorities are moving, towards Asia, the center East, Latin the USA, and Africa, and clear of Europe and Russia. Wiarda examines those adjustments and the explanations for them in every one of those neighborhood components during this finished paintings on worldwide standpoint on American international coverage. Designed as a textual content for introductory diplomacy, overseas coverage, comparative politics, and global politics classes, this ebook succeeds in integrating those frequently separate subfields and exhibits how the research of comparative politics can enlighten international coverage.
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Because of these vulnerabilities, the Eastern European states are often closer in their foreign policies to the United States, whom they see as their protector, than they are to their nearer Western European neighbors. 1 But now we know that classification, because of Soviet secretiveness and lies, was wrong. Both Russia and Eastern Europe, it has been revealed since the tearing up of the Iron Curtain dividing East from West, were, and are, far poorer than we had thought. They were not “developed” communist states but underdeveloped ones, often closer to the Third World than to the First.
Indd 17 9/21/2004 7:42:39 AM 18 ● American Foreign Policy in Regions of Conflict is clear: Europeans are willing to pay for them in the form of high taxes (40–60 percent depending on the country), whereas in the United States the electorate has long preferred greater private disposable income and less money given up in taxes (about 30 percent) for public programs. But now under George W. Bush and Barack Obama the American tax burden has similarly risen to 40 percent, about the same level as Great Britain, Germany, or the Netherlands; the question is whether we will also, like the Europeans, get more back in the way of public services.
That helps explain why, when Americans travel to Europe, they are amazed at the clean streets, the good public transportation systems, and public services in general. indd 17 9/21/2004 7:42:39 AM 18 ● American Foreign Policy in Regions of Conflict is clear: Europeans are willing to pay for them in the form of high taxes (40–60 percent depending on the country), whereas in the United States the electorate has long preferred greater private disposable income and less money given up in taxes (about 30 percent) for public programs.