By H. Wiarda
America’s neighborhood international coverage priorities are transferring, towards Asia, the center East, Latin the US, and Africa, and clear of Europe and Russia. Wiarda examines those adjustments and the explanations for them in each one of those neighborhood parts during this accomplished paintings on worldwide point of view on American international coverage. Designed as a textual content for introductory diplomacy, overseas coverage, comparative politics, and international politics classes, this e-book succeeds in integrating those usually separate subfields and indicates how the research of comparative politics can enlighten overseas coverage.
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Emphasis now shifted to Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America? 4. The main topics of conversation between the United States and its European allies are what we will call “policing-the-world” issues, that is, what is, or should be, the allied response to bloody Bosnia and Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia, toward such unstable, possible terrorist sanctuaries as Iraq and Afghanistan, and toward a restored and newly aggressive Russia? 1 Per capita income Country Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Ireland Italy Luxembourg Netherlands Norway Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States (for comparison) Per capita income (in $) 38,090 35,110 36,740 35,270 33,470 33,820 32,520 37,040 29,900 64,400 39,500 53,690 20,640 30,110 35,840 43,080 34,370 45,850 Income category High income High income High income High income High income High income High income High income High income High income High income High income High income High income High income High income High income High income Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators, 2009.
Background Western Europe has some of the richest countries and the highest standards of living—along with North America (the United States, Canada) and Japan and the “Four Tigers” (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore) in the world. Every one of the Western European countries makes the list of what the World Bank calls “high-income” countries. 1). Currently, the richest country in the world is Luxembourg, with a per capita income of $64,400. That is about two hundred times richer than the poor countries of the world.
Shielded from domestic interest groups and public opinion, European foreign ministries are much more critical of Israel and favorable to the Palestinian cause than is the United States. indd 21 9/21/2004 7:42:40 AM 22 ● American Foreign Policy in Regions of Conflict Thus, we see that, on almost every foreign policy and strategic issue, the United States and Western Europe, even operating from a common cultural history and linked background, are far apart. And increasingly more so. S. relations with individual European countries and regions and then with the EU itself.