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.