The Rise and Retreat of the New World Order
With the end of the Cold War, the four traditional schools havebecome more relevant than ever. The Cold War was a long era of relative stability, both in world politics generally and in the politics of the American foreign policy debate. While major changes took place during the forty years between 1949 and 1989, including the final collapse of the European empires and the emergence of newly independent states around the world, the structure of world politics changed only sk>wly. The defection of Yugoslavia from the Soviet camp was virtually the only change in European power politics between the Berlin airlift of 1948 and the fall of the Berlin Wall.