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By David Campbell

Because the cave in of the Soviet Union, the USA has confronted the problem of reorienting its international coverage to handle post-Cold battle stipulations. during this re-creation of a groundbreaking paintings -- one of many first to carry serious thought into discussion with extra conventional techniques to diplomacy -- David Campbell presents a primary reappraisal of yank international coverage, with a brand new epilogue to handle present global affairs and the burgeoning specialize in tradition and identification within the learn of overseas relations.

Extending fresh debates in diplomacy, Campbell indicates how perceptions of hazard and distinction paintings to set up the identification of the U.S.. He demonstrates how international coverage, faraway from being an expression of a given society, constitutes country identification in the course of the interpretation of threat posed by way of others.

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35 But NSC-68 was not solely concerned with the Soviet threat. ' This concern to establish an ordered international environment in which the United States could survive in line with its fundamental purpose mandated two policies: 'One is a policy which we would probably pursue even if there were no Soviet threat. It is a policy of attempting to develop a healthy international community. The other is the policy of "containing" the Soviet system. '36 Binding these policies together was the issue of freedom: 'The hopes of frustrating the Kremlin design are centered 25 Writing security in the strategy of freedom .

128. For example, 'The ambassador in the Soviet Union (Kirk) to the secretary of state,' August 11, 1950, in FRUS 1950, Volume I, p. 367 Matthew Evangelista, 'Stalin's post-war army reappraised,' International Security VI 1982-83, pp. 110-38. Evangelista also notes that the Soviets rapidly demobilized their post-war military, assigned many of the remaining soldiers to civil reconstruction work, and maintained perhaps half of their divisions at substantially less than full strength. ' Ibid, p. 137.

41-4. For suggestive commentaries on this theme, see Rodolphe Gasche, The Tain of the Mirror: Derrida and the Philosophy of Reflection, Cambridge MA, 1986; and Christopher Norris, Derrida, London, 1987. 15 Derrida, quoted in Gasche, The Tain of the Mirror, p. 241. 16 For reviews of this extensive literature see Charles S. Maier, 'After the cold war: introduction to the 1991 edition,' in The Cold War in Europe: Era of a Divided Continent, edited by Maier, New York, 1991; Mary Kaldor, The Imaginary War: Understanding the East-West Conflict, Oxford, 1990, chapter three; and Deborah Welch Larson, Origins of Containment: A Psychological Explanation, Princeton, 1985, pp.

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