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Austria's International Position after the End of the Cold War

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Günter Bischof
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Ferdinand Karlhofer

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Margit Reiter and Helga Embacher. eds., europa und der 11, September 2011

Vienna: Böhlau Verlag 2011

Günter Bischof

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The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington were a fateful day on many counts — for those who perished and tried to save lives and for those who watched helplessly around the world. 9/11 unleashed a sea of change in American foreign policy. After the end of the Cold War in 1989/1991 the U.S. enjoyed a brief honeymoon — with intellectuals phantasizing about “the end of history” and asserting unique lonely superpower status. Intimations of “peace dividends” and a neo-isolationist retreat into fortress America were quickly rendered obsolete by the 9/11 attacks. After “the loss” of a long-time adversary during the American Cold War mission of the global containment of communism, 9/11 produced an instant new enemy with the “global war on terror.” After the 9/11 attacks, the U. S. enjoyed a brief moment of a worldwide outpouring of sympathy and solidarity. Yet with President George W. Bush unleashing his punitive campaign ...

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