BOOK - America and Europe: Allies at Peace?

Allies At War: America, Europe, and the Crisis over Iraq by Philip H. Gordon and Jeremy Shapiro (McGraw-Hill, 226 pages)

The World Today Published 1 August 2004 Updated 19 October 2020 2 minute READ

Professor Richard G. Whitman

Senior Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe

The long-term significance of transatlantic differences over the war in Iraq awaits the judgment of historians. This, of course, has not stopped the rush to offer opinion on whether the Atlantic alliance is in its death throes or whether a coalition can be organised to determine a new collective mission.

Philip Gordon and Jeremy Shapiro offer a speedily produced assessment of the Iraq war debacle in European-US relations – a blow-by-blow account of the unfolding dispute.

The authors believe that the crisis moved from being merely a result of transatlantic differences to a significant cause of them. The study asserts the very real value of locating disagreements over Iraq in an historical context from the Cold War through Bill Clinton’s American presidency and beyond.

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