Americas Foreign Policy: Drift or Decision by Martin Goldstein

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Goldstein All rights reserved First published 1984 Printed and bound in the United States of America Second printing 1988 Scholarly Resources Inc. 104 Greenhill Avenue Wilmington, Delaware 19805 Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Goldstein, Martin E. America's foreign policy. Includes bibliographies and index.  United StatesForeign relations1945-.  United StatesForeign relations administration.  Title. 73 84-20221 ISBN 0-8420-2209-0 Page v To Janet -for reasons known and unsuspected- Page vii Contents Preface xi 1 A Framework for Analysis 1 An Analytic Model 3 Other Approaches to Foreign Policy 7 2 The United States, the Soviet Union, and China 11 Why Have a Foreign Policy?

Decimated twice in the same century by German aggression, the Soviet Union was determined to keep Germany weak. The West, on the other hand, predicated West European economic recovery on a revitalized and prosperous German state. In violation of previous agreements, the United States, Great Britain, and France decided to fuse their three occupation zones, create a new West German currency, and authorize West German leaders to form a separate state. In Russian eyes, the West was priming Germany for another drive toward Moscow.

All of the above segments of society are organized, and each would have a team of lobbyists in Washington trying to influence the outcome of the decision. But the range of interests might extend beyond economic ones. Suppose the state in question traditionally supported American foreign policy objectives and was situated on the border of a hostile nation. The Department of State might urge the extension of most-favored-nation status in order to reinforce American political ties with the imperiled regime.

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