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This study assesses the post-Cold War international environment in terms of its implications for the relationship between force and policy. Based on a retrospective look at U.S., NATO, and Soviet doctrine, Cimbala asserts that informed speculation about the post-Cold War world requires a sense of connection to the historical past. He believes that issues with which Europe was forced to deal prior to World War II will reappear in the aftermath of a socially reconstructed Soviet Union, a defunct Warsaw Pact, and a newly reunited Germany. Nationalism and economic competition will contend for the attention of policymakers along with traditional security issues for the remainder of the 1990s and thereafter.