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Conclusion: The United States and Europe: Just Another Crisis?

Geir Lundestad

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/9780199552030.003.0015
Conclusion: The United States and Europe: Just Another Crisis?

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The conclusion notes that, while several of the contributors to this book suggest that the United States and Europe may well return to the cooperation of the past, most factors would seem to indicate that the two have entered a new period compared to the cold war years. While the Soviet threat was almost ideally handled by NATO, terrorism is not similarly unifying; America has changed compared to the cold war years, especially because of demographic developments and because of September 11; while in the foreseeable future the EU cannot challenge the US militarily or politically, slowly the EU is defining its own identity and increasing its international influence. On the other hand, a divorce between the two sides of the Atlantic appears unlikely. The two sides may not be as close as during the cold war, but, to the extent that they still need friends and allies, and they do, they will still be forced to look to each other.

Keywords: United States; Europe; cooperation; cold war; September 11; future

Chapter.  12759 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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