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Where are American—European Relations Heading? A View from the United States

Stanley R. Sloan

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/9780199552030.003.0013
Where are American—European Relations Heading? A View from the United States

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This chapter looks at the future. It contends that “for the next period of history” there will be relatively few dramatic changes. The United States will remain the most important global power; the European Union will gain in relative power, despite the limitations inherent in a “United Europe of States.” Despite unilateralist temptations in America and multipolar inclinations in Europe, both sides will, learning from the lessons of recent years, resist extreme positions in dealing with each other. “Neither the United States nor the European nations will be able to identify more effective, compatible, or reliable partners among global players.” The added force of global interdependence will increase pressure on the United States and Europe to develop compatible strategies.

Keywords: United States; European Union; future; unilateralist; multipolar; strategies

Chapter.  9240 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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