Divided West. European Security and the Transatlantic Relationship

  • ID: 2638560
  • Book
  • Region: Europe
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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9/11 and its aftermath helped make more visible divergent transatlantic approaches to the legitimacy of military intervention, the utility of coalitions of the willing , the effectiveness of regime change and the use of coercive force within the international system. The Iraq War and the strategic dissonance it generated led many to warn against the danger of transatlantic strategic divorce, and push for transatlantic strategic realignment.

The book is structured around an analysis of five Europes – Atlantic , Core , New , Non–Aligned and Periphery which appeared to have consolidated in this period. It argues that transatlantic strategic dissonance will be an enduring feature of the Euro–Atlantic security environment as it reflects economic and military power differences, the shifting values and identities and the policy and institutional preferences of all five Europes and the US. The book concludes by arguing that transatlantic strategic dissonance and a divided West contains the potential to constitute a viable platform for the constructive management of the global security agenda, as well as regulate relations within this security community.

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About the Authors.

1. The Divided West: Challenges, Obstacles and Dilemmas.

2. Theory and Transatlantic Crisis.

3. Atlantic Europe : The UK, the US and European Security.

4. Core Europe : Germany′s National Interest, Transatlantic Relations and European Security.

5. New Europe : And Transatlantic Relations.

6. Non–Aligned Europe and Transatlantic Relations.

7. Periphery Europe : Russia and Transatlantic Security.

8. Transatlantic Futures in an Age of Strategic Dissonance.




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′This well–structured, crisply written volume is one of the best and certainly one of the most succinct and conceptually interesting to have been authored on that battered entity known as the transatlantic relationship. Quietly but effectively challenging the official myth that the crisis is now past, Forsberg and Herd reveal beyond all possible doubt that the trauma that arose as a result of Iraq and 9/11 still remains unresolved and, in official circles at least, little understood. Divorce may not be on the cards just yet. Nonetheless, difficult and problematic times lie ahead. A sobering, indeed essential read for policy–makers and academics on both sides of an ever–widening Atlantic.′Michael Cox, London School of Economics

Divided West makes a unique contribution to a vast literature on transatlantic relations. Rather than complaining how bad things are, the authors offer a lucid theoretical framework in which the current transatlantic imbroglio is clinically dissected. It is clearly the most thorough and thought–provoking book available in the field.Peter van Ham, Clingendael Institute, The Hague

This book makes uneasy but essential reading for Atlanticists and Europeanists. At the interface of theory and policy, this superb analysis plunges deep into the divide that is today′s West and pulls no punches about the implications of strategic dissonance. It is quite simply a must read for anyone who cares deeply about the West and Europe′s place within it.Julian Lindley–French, Centre for Applied Policy, University of Munich

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