Atlantic Orders: The Fundamentals of Change

Charles A. Kupchan

in Just Another Major Crisis?

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199552030
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720291 | DOI:
Atlantic Orders: The Fundamentals of Change

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This chapter takes what appears to be virtually the opposite approach to the previous chapter’s: “the Atlantic order is in the midst of a fundamental transition.” While important bonds still remain between the two sides of the Atlantic, “mutual trust has eroded, institutional cooperation can no longer be taken for granted, and a shared Western identity has attenuated.” In the long historical perspective, the chapter identifies at least four basic Atlantic orders, a Balance of Power period from 1776 to 1905, a Balance of Threat period from 1905 to 1941, the years of Cooperative Security from 1941 to 2001, and, finally, the untitled period we have been living in since 2001. Yet, despite it’s insistence that “the close-knit security partnership of the past five decades is in all likelihood gone for good,” even the chapter does not entirely rule out that the most recent years might represent “only a temporary departure from deeper cooperation.”

Keywords: Atlantic orders; transition; 2001; trust; identity

Chapter.  10612 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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