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Making the Alliance Work: The United States and Western Europe

Making the Alliance Work: The United States and Western Europe

By Gregory F. Treverton

Cornell University Press, 1985, 211 pp.

This is an intelligent and sophisticated overview of the Atlantic alliance, drawing upon the history of the past 15 years in dealing with such problems as NATO's nuclear dilemmas, détente in Europe, defense responsibilities beyond Europe, and transatlantic economic relations. The author's intent is not to discuss the issues in depth but to illustrate the politics of the alliance, showing how one nation's foreign policy decisions affect the domestic politics of an ally. This he does extremely well, with probing insights and judgments honed by his stints with the National Security Council and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.