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How Well Can Europe and the United States Cooperate on Non‐European Issues?

Helga Haftendorn

in Just Another Major Crisis?

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199552030
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720291 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552030.003.0008
How Well Can Europe and the United States Cooperate on Non‐European Issues?

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During the cold war the primary focus was on Europe, as the main prize in the fight and on Western Europe as America's main partner. The chapter underlines that the current scene is dominated by the many non-European questions: terrorism and Afghanistan, the issue of nuclear weapons to Iran and North Korea, the failed states of Africa, the emergence of China as a key international actor, and, always creating difficulties, the many problems of the Middle East. In explaining disputes between the United States and Europe, The chapter finds that “differences in the power relations . . . are more relevant than diverging concepts of world order though they still matter.” It ventures that “the current transatlantic differences might be trivial compared to the controversies to come.”

Keywords: Afghanistan; Iran; United States; Europe; nuclear weapons; terrorism

Chapter.  9813 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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