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The New Geopolitics of Transatlantic Relations

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, 344 pages
ISBN:
9781421403816
February 2012
$55.00

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The New Geopolitics of Transatlantic Relations

Coordinated Responses to Common Dangers

The United States and Europe encounter many of the same foreign policy challenges, challenges that diversely impact the two regions and produce different—but often complementary—responses. In regard to Russia’s renewed assertiveness, for example, the issue for the United States is one of global competition, whereas Europe’s concern is local because Russia is a major supplier of oil and gas. Where the United States may pursue confrontation, Europe is more likely to operate with conciliation. This book develops a framework for future U.S.-Europe relations as the two world powers work toward meaningful and logical solutions to their shared foreign policy problems.

The author identifies commonalities and differences in the two regions’ economic aims, political habits, and cultural history. What Europe and the United States share means that their future relations should and will be more than occasional collaborations, even if they no longer pursue a common mission. Ultimately, the book sets forth a new transatlantic agenda by discussing principal areas of concern.

Stefan Fröhlich is a professor of international politics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. He was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2007.

"The real contribution of the book lies in the masterful way the author brings together the large complex of issues and trends in the transatlantic relationship in a comprehensive and understandable way. The author provides an excellent and balanced survey of the key trends and fissures between North America and Europe without falling into an unrealistic pessimism. He also brings together an impressive amount of both primary and secondary source material in a well-organized and readable style."

"What makes this book interesting is the combination of economic, security, and foreign policy considerations as a way to analyze the current state of the Atlantic alliance. It is in this context that it presents an interesting normative approach to the crisis in transatlantic relations prompted by the war in Iraq."

"Characterized as a 'rift,' the change in European-US relations since the Cold War has been a lively subject for punditry as well as scholarly discourse. Fröhlich's contribution to the discussion is a detailed analysis of the nature and causes of the rift as well as a consideration of its implications for world politics... Highly recommended."

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