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By Argyris G. Andrianopoulos

Rejecting the present thesis that mutual resentment in the Alliance within the early Seventies used to be brought on by Kissinger's international technique, his lofty angle or imperious type, this research continues that the conflicts have been as a result of misinterpretation and disrespect of his writing and the exaggerated expectancies created on each side of the Atlantic while he was once appointed Assistant to the President for nationwide protection Affairs. A extra thorough exam of Kissinger's writings finds him a statesman deeply aware of Alliance dilemmas.

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4 He maintains that legitimacy 'implies the acceptance of the framework of the internationalorderbyall major powers at least to the extent that no state is so dissatisfied that ... it expresses its dissatisfaction in a revolutionary foreign policy'. 5 Thus an international order whose structure is accepted by all major powers is stable-legitimate. A stable international order does not eliminate conflicts among nations but it 'limits their scope'. 6 The limited wars that occur are fought in the name of the existing international structure, and the peace which follows reflects a better expression of the 'legitimate' equilibrium of forces.

Through exposing the shortcomings of the Nixon-Kissinger policy, Landau criticized the Nixon Doctrine and the concept of linkage, the two main elements of the policy. Nixon and Kissinger, he felt, wanted to avoid nuclear war, but the doctrine of reducing America's military presence while maintaining excessive political commitments made nuclear war more likely. The probability of nuclear war was increased by basing US policy on the concept of linkage which Landau saw as 'a policy of risk'. In his view, 'the linkage theory [was] little more than unreconstructed Cold Warriorism'.

Chapter 3 examines Kissinger's global strategy as it manifested 42 Kissinger's Global Strategy itself through particular foreign policies. The analysis will not deal with every policy, but it will focus on those that reflected the fundamental changes in American foreign policy and the congruity of these policies with Kissinger's models for stable and revolutionary international systems. 3 Kissinger's Global Strategy: a Triangular Relationship? James Reston: When you came to Washington ... it was said that you had a concept of how to achieve order in the world, and yet ...

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