Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745320298 Published April 2003 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Zones of Conflict: US Foreign Policy in the Balkans and the Greater Middle East

Vassilis K. Fouskas

Zones of Conflict: US Foreign Policy in the Balkans and the Greater Middle East

Vassilis K. Fouskas

Distributed for Pluto Press

184 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745320298 Published April 2003 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745320304 Published April 2003 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The US has several major interests in the Balkans, the Greater Middle East and the wide Eurasian zone, which determine its political and military strategies in the region. What are these interests, and what strategies are used to ensure that they are maintained? Examining the balance of power between the US, the EU and key EU states in the region, Vassilis Fouskas offers a sustained critique of US foreign policy and its underlying motivations.

Fouskas argues that the major US objectives include control over gas and oil producing zones; safe transportation of energy to Western markets at stable prices; and the elimination, but not destruction, of America's Eurasian competitors. He asserts that US foreign policy is therefore driven by the desire to maintain a strategic partnership with key EU states, while preventing the emergence of an alternative coalition in Eurasia capable of challenging US supremacy.

How does the US manage its interests in Eurasia and what are the particular strategies the EU has elaborated so far to deal with America's supremacy? Has US foreign policy undergone a dramatic U-turn after the end of the Cold War or, for that matter, after September 11th? What are the roles of Germany, France, Britain and Turkey, and how do EU- Cyprus relations affect the balance of power? This book tackles these questions and argues that the emergence of a social democratic administration in Eurasia is a feasible alternative to American unilateralism.

Contents

Acknowledgements
1. Introduction
The Realist Chessboard
The Structure of the Book
Globalisation and European Integration

2. The New Geo-politics of Gas and Oil
The 1990s: Years of Pandemonium
Conflicting Interests: Oil and Gas Projects in Eurasia
End of the Cold War?

3. Scarface Politics
NATO’s ‘New Strategic Concept’
Problems of ‘Variable Geometry’
Political, Moral and Legal Conundrums: the Kosovo War
US Successes
Muslims, Christians and Foreign Policy
The Limits of NATO

4. Near and Middle Eastern Dilemmas
The ‘Northern Tier’ and the Greek-Turkish Dimension
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Conflict over Cyprus
Towards Summer 1974 and After

5. Turkish Questions for the West
A Democracy Guided by the Military and Used as Such
The US and the ‘Turkish Pivot’
Summing-up the Realist Game

6. Eurasian Gambles over Cyprus’ EU Prospects
EU-Cyprus Relations and Germany’s Primacy
US Qualified Support to Germany and Greece
Greek and Turkish Arguments
Military Diplomacy by the ‘Turkish Pivot’

7. Conclusion
US Policy in Eurasia: An Assessment
A Trans-Eurasian Convention Underwritten by Eurasian Powers
Re-conquering America
Bibliography
Index

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