The Western Alliance After the Cold War


Will the United States continue to be the major power in Europe? Maybe not. The end of the Cold War has lessened Europe's need for American military protection; the unification of Germany is creating Europe's own superstate; and a relatively rosy independent economic future seems assured for the European Community. But the U.S. response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, and the European allies' participation in it, indicate that U.S. leadership is still strong—although it is no longer as clear-cut as it once was.

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