Of Paradise and Power

America and Europe in the New World Order

By Robert Kagan
(Vintage, Paperback, 9781400034185, 174pp.)

Publication Date: January 27, 2004

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At a time when relations between the United States and Europe are at their lowest ebb since World War II, this brief but cogent book is essential reading. Robert Kagan, a leading scholar of American foreign policy, forces both sides to see themselves through the eyes of the other. Europe, he argues, has moved beyond power into a self-contained world of laws, rules, and negotiation, while America operates in a “Hobbesian” world where rules and laws are unreliable and military force is often necessary.

Tracing how this state of affairs came into being over the past fifty years and fearlessly exploring its ramifications for the future, Kagan reveals the shape of the new transatlantic relationship. The result is a book that promises to be as enduringly influential as Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations.




About the Author
Robert A. Kagan is professor of political science and law at the University of California at Berkeley, and director of Berkeley's Center for the Study of Law and Society. His publications include Regulatory Justice, Going by the Book: The Problem of Regulatory Unreasonableness (with Eugene Bardach), and Regulatory Encounters.
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