By Sarwar Kashmeri
American international coverage towards Europe is merrily rolling alongside the trail of least resistance, within the trust that there's not anything particularly amiss with the European-American dating that multilateralism won't repair. no longer real, argues Kashmeri. The alliance is useless, can't be mounted, and needs to be renegotiated. It has no longer grown to house Europe's emergence as an enormous strength. a type of usa of Europe, with overseas priorities various from these of the us, has arrived at America's doorstep. yet the US remains to be forging international coverage for Europe utilizing chilly battle realities; either Democrats and Republicans anticipate the ecu Union to fall into step, and file for provider as needed—under American leadership.Europe, although, has different plans, and because it turns into extra strong at the international level, competing visions of eu management have emerged. The Iraq warfare has introduced them into stark aid. for instance, as Kashmeri issues out, the Atlantic divide over Iraq was once extra approximately French-British pageant for management of Europe than it was once a few department among American ambitions and ecu pursuits. He portrays British international coverage as out of contact with fact, as a coverage that has performed a disservice to the U.S. a result of Blair government's exaggerated and self-serving view of the British-American certain courting. Kashmeri concludes with prescriptions for forging a brand new alliance in keeping with a different dating with the ecu Union. This schedule is electrified by means of the techniques of the leaders who spoke to the writer in particular for this booklet, between them former president George H. W. Bush, former British top minister John significant, James A. Baker III, Wesley ok. Clark, Brent Scowcroft, Paul Volcker, U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, and Caspar W. Weinberger.
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Extra resources for America and Europe after 9 11 and Iraq: The Great Divide
The daunting set of issues and the downward spiral of the transatlantic relationship should be of real concern to Americans, for three main reasons. First, as Europe continues to build the European Union, it is fast emerging as a potential rival to America’s global supremacy. Do we want to disengage at this crucial time and not be able to influence the future shape and direction of the new Europe’s policies? As former President Bush told me, “The Europeans are in the process of trying to forge a common understanding about security and foreign policy.
While concurring with my American interlocutors that the rift is not ultimately about Iraq, and agreeing that the French-British competition for the leadership of Europe was an important contributor to the rift, she homed in on what to her was a much more important issue for Europeans: the future shape of the European Union and how its security will be maintained. ” Spain, along with many European states, is a strong proponent of a strengthened and expanded NATO as the ultimate guarantor of European security.
Germany would never have been unified, Baker reminded me, if the United States had not stood up and “pressured the British our close allies, we pressured the French, we pressured the Soviet Union, to take advantage of the window of opportunity and unify Germany,” Baker told me. This took enormous political capital and strained longstanding relationships, but, as history has shown, it was what had to be done. So it was incomprehensible to Baker that ten years later a German chancellor could come to power on the back of America.