- Publisher: Международные отношения
- Year of issue: 2011
- ISBN: 978-5-7133-1406-4
- Cover type: твердый переплет 145 х 215 мм
- Number of pages: 384
- Product Code:: 0569
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Superpower illusions. How myths and false ideas led America in the wrong direction - and how to return to reality
Former U.S. ambassador to the USSR Jack F. Matlock refutes the enduring idea that the United States forced the collapse of the Soviet Union by applying military and economic pressure—with wide-ranging implications for U.S. foreign policy. Matlock argues that Gorbachev, not Reagan, undermined Communist Party rule in the Soviet Union and that the Cold War ended in a negotiated settlement that benefited both sides. He posits that the end of the Cold War diminished rather than enhanced American power; with the removal of the Soviet threat, allies were less willing to accept American protection and leadership that seemed increasingly to ignore their interests.
Matlock shows how, during the
Clinton and particularly the Bush-Cheney administrations, the belief that the
United States had defeated the Soviet Union led to a conviction that it did not
need allies, international organizations, or diplomacy, but could dominate and change
the world by using its military power unilaterally. The result is a weakened
America that has compromised its ability to lead. Matlock makes a passionate
plea for the United States under Obama to revision its foreign policy and gives
examples of how the new administration can reorient the U.S. approach to
critical issues, taking advantage of lessons we should have learned from our
experience in ending the Cold War.
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