In eight concise chapters, Todorov discusses the use of force versus diplomacy, the emergence of new powers and the reactions of different players such as the UK, France, Poland and the United Nations, to the imperialist turn in US foreign policy. He argues that a new Europe is capable of reducing its dependence on the United States and assuming more responsibilities in the area of foreign affairs, would be the most effective way of counter–balancing America′s current dominance of global politics. Drawing on his vast knowledge of history and philosophy, Todorov has written an insightful and timely book that, without simplyfying the issues, is accessible to all.
Chapter 1: The reason for the war
Chapter 2: The neo–fundamentalists
Chapter 3: The fragility of the empire
Chapter 4: In praise of pluralism
Chapter 5: Might or right?
Chapter 6: A tranquil power
Chapter 7: European values
Chapter 8: Adapting institutions
The New York Times
"This is a small book with some big ideas. It contains two sets of arguments: the first devoted to the war in Iraq and its international implications; and the second focusing on how Europe might respond to ′American neo–imperialism′ ... This is a thought–provoking work, and the first part in particular raises important questions about the war on terror and offers a new way of thinking about the relationship between security and liberty."
Alex Bellamy, Political Studies Review
Few texts devoted to recent international events, from the war against Iraq and its aftermath to the European responses to American neo–imperialism, seem to me as profound and perceptive as this intervention by one of the great intellectuals of our time in the domain of international relations.
Stanley Hoffmann, Harvard University
The liberal case against the Iraq war has never been put more forcefully or more eloquently. If you want to know what humanitarianism really requires, read this extraordinary little book.
Stephen Holmes, New York University, School of Law
Europe has spoken through Tzvetan Todorov′s book and this has been the most sober, humane, confident and convincing voice heard thus far in the confusion that followed the events of 11 September. This is a voice to be listened to attentively, for our shared planetary home′s and all its residents′ sake.
Zygmunt Bauman, University of Leeds
"In a moment of political urgency when so many professional academics seem to have retreated from the world into solipsistic and self–referential language, Todorov takes seriously his responsibility as an intellectual and a citizen of democracy, facing up to the complexities of the situation with human candor and humanist passion."
Spencer Drew, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Fall 2005