U.S.–Spanish Relations after Franco, 1975–1989: The Will of the Weak

The thirty-first book, U.S.-Spanish Relations after Franco, 1975-1989: The Will of the Weak by Morten Heiberg, examines Spanish foreign policymaking in the years after the death of the long-time dictator Francisco Franco.  During the transition to democracy after 1975, the U.S. military presence in Spain was debated, and many Spaniards expressed support for greater distance from the United States.  But as events unfolded in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Spanish officials gradually reconfigured Spanish foreign policy, symbolized by Spain’s entry into NATO in 1982. By the mid-1980s, when the new Socialist-led government in Spain gradually developed a more consistent foreign policy doctrine, U.S. officials realized that bilateral relations had to be approached differently, in line with Spain’s new role in the Cold War.