Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 201–216 | Cite as

George W. Bush’s Secretaries of State and Europe: Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice

  • Klaus Larres


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus Larres
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  1. 1.School of History and International AffairsUniversity of UlsterBelfastNorthern Ireland, UK

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