The Rebellious Ally: Iceland, the United States, and the Politics of Empire 1945-2006 Valur Ingimundarson

ISBN: 9789089790682

Published: September 30th 2011

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230 pages


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The Rebellious Ally: Iceland, the United States, and the Politics of Empire 1945-2006 by Valur Ingimundarson
September 30th 2011 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 230 pages | ISBN: 9789089790682 | 9.65 Mb

History of International Relations, Diplomacy and Intelligence, 17(History of International Relations Library, 25)This book explores U.S.-Icelandic relations, 1945-2006. It explains how Iceland became one of the most strategically important countriesMoreHistory of International Relations, Diplomacy and Intelligence, 17(History of International Relations Library, 25)This book explores U.S.-Icelandic relations, 1945-2006.

It explains how Iceland became one of the most strategically important countries for the United States in the Cold War and details the efforts of the American Empire to maintain Iceland as a loyal partner. It assesses resistance to U.S. interests in Iceland - resistance that led to crises in NATO, especially when they became tied up in the Cod Wars with Britain. It also analyzes attempts to minimize the impact of the American presence by closing off the U.S. military base in Iceland, clamping down on fraternization between U.S.

soldiers and Icelandic women and by insisting on a ban on the stationing of black troops. Finally, it explains the disintegration of the bilateral relationship in the post-Cold War period, resulting in the withdrawal of U.S. forces, and assesses the development of Icelandic foreign and security policy in a post-American setting.

Peer-reviewed by academic specialists in the field, the book, which is based on rich archival material, seeks to fill a gap in the scholarly literature through its focus on the key role of Iceland in U.S. Cold War strategy.Table of ContentsI. INTRODUCTIONII. FROM WORLD WAR II TO THE COLD WAR: THE QUESTION OF U.S.

MILITARY RIGHTS IN ICELANDIcelands Role in American Military PlansA U.S. Request for Base RightsDomestic Resistance to Foreign TroopsA Compromise Solution: The Granting of Landing RightsIceland and the Marshall PlanIII. AN UNARMED COUNTRY JOINS A MILITARY ALLIANCE: A RELUCTANT ENTRY INTO NATOProbing U.S. Defense PlansIceland Joins NATOIV.

EMPIRE BY INVITATION THE KOREAN WAR AND THE REINTRODUCTION OF U.S. TROOPS TO ICELANDAbandoning the Principle of DemilitarizationThe Conclusion of the U.S.-Icelandic Defense AgreementV. THE POLITICS OF GENDER AND RACE: POLICING U.S. TROOPSPatriarchal Notions: Protecting Women from the Military ProtectorsExcluding Black Soldiers from IcelandEnforcing Racial DiscriminationV. TAKING ON THE WORLD POWER: A CHALLENGE TO THE MILITARYPRESENCEResisting the U.S. Strategic Air CommandA Domestic Realignment: A Parliamentary Resolution on U.S.

WithdrawalPlaying off East against the WestVII. THE STABILIZATION OF U.S.-ICELANDIC RELATIONS: THE POLITICS OFAFFLUENCE.The Nuclear Question and the Keflavik BasePro-American Policies under ScrutinyVIII. COLD WARS AND COD WARS THE CRISIS IN ICELANDS RELATIONSWITH THE UNITED STATES AND NATOReassembling a Left-Wing Coalition to Challenge Western InterestsRaising the Ante: The Fishery Dispute with BritainEngaging the Americans: The Base Issue as a Domestic Political GameA Time of Reckoning: The Cod War, the U.S. Base, and NATOA Showdown with the United StatesThe Third Cod War as Cold War BrinkmanshipIX.

FROM A COLD WAR ENDAME TO THE DISSOLUTION OF A SECURITYCOMMUNITYThe Revival of the Nuclear Question in the 1980sThe End of the Cold War and the Evaporation of Icelands Military ImportanceX. TOWARDS EUROPE: ICELANDS POST-AMERICAN SECURITY POLICIESThe Domestic Angle: The Evolution of a Contested Security DiscourseThe External Dimension: Responding to American DisinterestNATO Air Policing and Bilateral Security ArrangementsRussian Geopolitics: From Strategic Aviation to the Financial CrisisA Strategic Discourse on Territory: Icelandic Security and the Arctic QuestionXI.

CONCLUSIONBIBLIOGRAPHYAbout the Author(s)/Editor(s)Valur Ingimundarson, Ph.D. (1993) in History Columbia University in New York, is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Iceland. He has published extensively on U.S.-European relations and Icelandic foreign and security policy, including Reconfiguring Icelands Security and Foreign Policy (Icelandic Literary Society, 2008).



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