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By Ronald Tiersky, John Van Oudenaren, Krzysztof Bobinski, Mark Gilbert, David Shambaugh, Philip Stephens, Paul Taylor, Nathalie Tocci

The volume of Europe's impression within the twenty-first century is among the basic questions in a swiftly altering global order. How a lot does Europe nonetheless topic in geostrategic affairs? Will the Europeans search extra foreign clout and be prepared to pay the associated fee for it? exceptionally, will the European-American partnership prosper or weaken? within the simply finished learn to be had at the topic, major overseas specialists discover those very important questions for international peace and safeguard. The ebook contains authoritative chapters at the international regulations of the foremost eu international locations, of the ecu Union, and of Europe towards key areas and countries—especially the us, Russia, China, and the center East.

Contributions by: Krzysztof Bobinski, Mark Gilbert, David Shambaugh, Philip Stephens, Paul Taylor, Ronald Tiersky, Nathalie Tocci, John Van Oudenaren, Benedetta Voltolini, and Helga A. Welsh.

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In early 1998, military and police units from Serbia began attacking villages and driving out their inhabitants in Kosovo, a province of Serbia populated mainly by ethnic Albanians who long had struggled to achieve autonomy and recognition of their civil and political rights. Europe again was presented with the spectacle of ethnic cleansing on its doorstep. After various international diplomatic efforts failed to get Milosevic to desist from his actions, in March 1999 NATO again launched attacks on Serb targets.

Power in a multipolar world. France and Germany endorsed a Belgian proposal to establish an independent EU military planning cell in apparent disregard of a 2002 understanding within NATO that assigned the alliance the primary role in planning military operations. Many in Europe—and especially Chirac—were furious at what they perceived as attempts by the Bush administration to divide Europe over the issue of Iraq, seen most vividly, they believed, in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s famous distinction between the “old Europe” of the fifteen countries and the “new Europe” of the Central and Eastern European countries about to join the EU.

The United States was not responsible for these mines (most of which were of Soviet origin) and generally had a positive record on helping to clean up these mines, but it was unwilling to sign a land mine ban unless it obtained a five-year exception allowing it to keep such mines along the demilitarized zone in Korea so as to help guard against a possible attack from the north. The European and other powers refused, and the United States under Clinton chose not to sign the treaty. A second such case concerned the 1999 agreement to establish the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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