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"This well-written study of the Bush administration's European policy gives a vivid account of the diplomatic strategies and processes that attended the liberation of Eastern Europe, the unification of Germany, and the collapse of the Soviet Union."—Foreign Affairs

"[American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War: An Insider's Account] covers much more ground than German unification, but as a Slavic expert he focuses on the end of the cold war and its implications for European security. The author writes well, charming the reader with a sly and confidential tone, and winking as if to say, we both know that diplomats wear not only striped suits but stuffed shirts."—Orbis

"There are insiders and insiders, and I suppose one could not be more of an insider than either Robert Hutchings (member of the National Security Council between 1989 and 1992 and special adviser to James Baker) or Richard Hass . . . [American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War] is full of insight on the policy process and the debates which took place within the US administration between 1989 and 1992."—Michael Cox, International Affairs

"Hutchings's analysis of U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union during the crucial years of 1989-1992 is outstanding for its sharp, clear analysis and the precision of its historical judgements. At the same time it is written in a lively manner that will appeal to both academic experts and general readers."—Gerhard Wettig, Journal of Cold War Studies

"I found Hutchings's descriptions of American foreign policy during his stint in the National Security Council fascinating. The author is extremely well informed, uses sources not available to ordinary researchers, writes solidly, even exhibits a sense of humor, and provides detailed insights into the nuts and bolts of policy formation."—Gale Stokes, Rice University, author of The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Chapter List

1. American Grand Strategy

2. The Revolutions of 1989

3. The Diplomacy of German Reunification

4. Towared a Post-War World Order

5. The Challenges of Post Communist Transition

6. The United States and Eastern Europe

7. Europe in Search of Security

8. The Return of History

Conclusion: Beyond the Cold War

About Woodrow Wilson Center Press

Woodrow Wilson Center Press publishes books by fellows, other resident scholars, and staff written in substantial part at the Wilson Center.