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A Symbolic No-Show
A Symbolic No-Show

With the Americans missing, the Paris attacks may deepen the transatlantic rift

13/01/2015 | by Bettina Vestring | Europe, Terrorism

Barack Obama’s absence at the great Paris rally for the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks may be symbolic of a deeper rift: Americans and Europeans have a completely different view of what it takes to combat terrorism. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that “Islam is part of Germany,” while US policy makers call for more security and surveillance. The killings at Charlie Hebdo may end up widening the transatlantic gap.

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United in Reluctance
United in Reluctance

How the Syrian crisis might transform the West

02/09/2013 | by Josef Janning | Worldwide, Security

While human suffering continues in Syria, the Western response to the probable use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime on August 21 reveals a continued transformation of what used to be the West.


Nixon to China, Dacic to Brussels?
Overcoming Reticence Toward Kosovo Essential for Serbian Entry into EU
02/11/2012 | by Elizabeth Pond
A joint EU-US diplomatic visit to Serbia hints that the West sees new Serbian premier Ivica Dacic and his Deputy Aleksandar Vucic as precisely the ones who could persuade their followers, thirteen years after the Kosovo War and four years after Kosovo's secession, to drop 19th-century territorial grievances and move on to a 21st century inside the European Union.
Category European Union, Transatlantic Relations, Balkans, South-East Europe, United States of America, North America
America or Asia?
How an old hegemon can cooperate with the new super power China
31/10/2011 | by Maximilian Terhalle
How steady is the “liberal leviathan” United States? Will the “American world order” persist? And what distinguishes power and hegemony in the 21st century? Despite Asia’s continuing rise, three notable authors are certain that America will remain the essential world power.
Category Trade, Government and Society, Finance, Economy and Finance, United States of America, China, East Asia, Asia, North America
European Mergers Trump US Acquisitions
Legitimacy makes all the difference
01/11/2005 | by Richard Rosecrance
Corporations have learned the difference. And various European nations have learned from their imperial problems in the past. But the super power United States still has this learning curve ahead of it. Takeovers don’t produce the cooperative trust that maximizes productive synergies.
Category Economy and Currency, Enlargement Process, European Union, Europe-USA, Transatlantic Relations, Economy and Finance, Europe, United States of America
German Self-Definition Against the US
America’s one-time protégé turns against its patron
01/11/2005 | by Richard Herzinger
Why has the mood in Germany turned so vehemently against the United States? The usual answer is George W. Bush. On closer examination, however, this does not fly. Opposing Bush’s war plans in Iraq did not require siding with France in an outright showdown with the US.
Category Germany - USA, Transatlantic Relations, History, Government and Society, Military Capacity, Security, Germany, United States of America, Iraq, Afghanistan
Preventing Nuclear Proliferation
Counterproliferation options include preemption and prevention
01/08/2005 | by Lothar Rühl
Every administration in the United States since Ronald Reagan, whether Republican or Democratic, has given top priority to halting nuclear proliferation. The means to this end are explicitly not confined to diplomatic niceties. "Hard security" through military action is a clear option.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Conflicts and Strategies, Security, United States of America, Iraq, Iran
Berlin and the New Transatlantic Agenda
01/08/2005 | by F. Stephen Larrabee
US-European relations are improving under Bush II; here's what Germany can do to help.
Category Conflicts and Strategies, Security, European Union, Military Capacity, United States of America, Europe, Germany, Geographical areas (transnational) and organizations of the Near and Middle East/Northern Africa East/Northern Africa
East Asian Arms Races- and Cooperation
Growth of weapons heightens tensions, but can spur mutual aid
01/08/2005 | by Frank Umbach
In the past decade global arms sales increased an average 3 percent–but East Asian arms purchases shot up 22 percent. Yet collective security arrangements are also springing up. The policy balance is a tricky one.
Category Organization of Military Defence, Military Capacity, Arms Trade, Security, Transatlantic Relations, East Asia, United States of America
Dueling Paradoxes
01/08/2005 | by Marcia Pally
Church and state are separated in the US, but not in Europe-- with some surprising results.
Category Religion, Integration, Migration, Government and Society, Transatlantic Relations, Europe-USA, United States of America, Europe
Fallout from the Iraq War
The second casualty of war is the realization of wish lists
01/01/2005 | by Stanley Hoffmann
It’s still too early to see the end result of the war in Iraq itself, in the broader Middle East, or in the United States. But already we can see that a war waged to combat terrorism, stop WMD proliferation, and protect America has instead set up a prime recruiting ground for new jihadists, upset the international order that benefited the US, and tempted Washington into self-defeating unilateralism and illiberalism.
Category Political Culture, Government and Society, United States of America, North America, The Americas
Atlanticism for the 21st Century
NATO's Secretary-General contends that the worst is over after the transatlantic feuds that broke out with the Iraq war. They naysayers always exaggerated in any case. Momentum returned with the Istanbul summit last June. The US and Europe remain each other's No. 1 strategic partners. And terrorism requires cooperation between the two as never before.
Category NATO, Security, Conflicts and Strategies, Bilateral and Multilateral Agreements, European Union, Europe-USA, United States of America, Europe, Iraq, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Farewell to Unilateralism
01/08/2004 | by Harald Müller
The United States superpower defines its own national interest as providing the world with public goods — security, human rights, liberty, and health, among others. This definition is extraordinarily enlightened, far-sighted, and humane. Who could object to it?
Category Security, Transatlantic Relations, Conflicts and Strategies, NATO, United Nations, Law & Institutions, Arms Control and WMD, United States of America
Democratizing the Mideast
01/08/2004 | by Udo Steinbach
The American campaign to democratize Iraq, and through it the Greater Middle East, was hampered from the outset by a failure to take the region's history and culture properly into account, says the Director of the German Orient Institute. The traditional Islamic concept of good governance centers on justice, not on individual freedom or political participation. Democratization will have to be a long, evolutionary process.
Category Conflicts and Strategies, State Building, Democratization/System Change, Iraq, United States of America, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Transatlantic Power, Legitimacy, and Credibility
01/05/2004 | by Wolfgang Ischinger
Last year’s Iraq crisis was not just one more of the many transatlantic crises since the 1960s. It ran far deeper. It concerned power—military and political,hard and soft—and the legitimacy of the use of military force by the United States. By raising doubts about power, legitimacy, and credibility, it challenged the existing international order more than any other event since the cold war.
Category Europe-USA, Transatlantic Relations, United Nations, Global Institutions, Law & Institutions, Conflicts and Strategies, Security, United States of America, Europe, Iraq
For an End to Arrogance
01/05/2004 | by David P. Calleo
Between the American unipolar vision—hegemonic and unilateral—and the European pluralist vision—plural and multilateral—there is great potential for conflict. It has taken some time to realize this. Neither side has seemed quite aware that its post-cold war vision represents a radical break with the past.
Category Europe-USA, Transatlantic Relations, United States of America, Europe
If the United States Won’t, Germany Must
01/02/2004 | by Jeffrey D. Sachs
Europe should be the counterpoint to the United States’ militaristic approach, but Europe is divided and Germany’s own role in promoting peaceful solutions to global instability has been much too quiet.
Category Germany - USA, German Foreign Policy, Germany, United States of America
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