Political Science 3314E Chapter Notes -Kyoto Protocol, Unilateralism, National Security Strategy (United States)

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Published on 12 Jul 2012
School
Western University
Department
Political Science
Course
Political Science 3314E
BRIDGING THE ATLANTIC DIVIDE READINGS
European leaders pronounced their unlimited solidarity with the United States
Transatlantic allies have sharply deteriorated
Americans respond with resentment over Europe’s unwillingness to support US efforts
to deal with hostile states such as Iraq
Americans to accuse Europeans of going soft on terrorism, or even anti-semitism
Serious observers are starting to conclude that the fundamental cultural and structural
basis for a transatlantic alliance is eroding
Disparity in power between the United States and Europe has grown so great that when
it comes to setting national priorities
Structure is not destiny and it would be as wrong to exaggerate the gaps between
Americans and Europeans as it would be to ignore them
The power gap identified by Kagan is certainly a factor, it is only natural to expect that a
country with the technological, military and diplomatic resources of the US is inclined to
try and fix problems
Most Europeans convinced that dialogue and development are more effective paths to
security than is military strength
Very different attitudes towards sovereignty
The US and Europe have different attitudes towards power
Whether these differences are now so fundamental that the US can or should dismiss its
alliance with Europe as irrelevant answer is no
MORE LIKE THAN NOT
Basic American and European values and interests have not diverged
Bush’s election really represented a fundamental shift in American values or that these
values have grown more American over time as Europe’s have become more European
American’s and Europeans identified very similar issues (including international
terrorism, weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and global warming) as their primary
foreign policy concerns
Americans expressed discomfort with unilateralism
75% of Americans consider global warming to be a serious problem and a clear majority
believe that the US should join the EU in ratifying the Kyoto Protocol
Data on public attitudes hardly seem a sign of two societies living in different worlds
Europeans are not likely to be useful allies when it really matters
Europe is unwilling to contribute when the US shows leadership it is able to bring allies
along even to the fight
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European leaders pronounced their unlimited solidarity with the united states. Americans respond with resentment over europe"s unwillingness to support us efforts to deal with hostile states such as iraq. Americans to accuse europeans of going soft on terrorism, or even anti-semitism. Serious observers are starting to conclude that the fundamental cultural and structural basis for a transatlantic alliance is eroding. Disparity in power between the united states and europe has grown so great that when it comes to setting national priorities. Structure is not destiny and it would be as wrong to exaggerate the gaps between. Americans and europeans as it would be to ignore them. The power gap identified by kagan is certainly a factor, it is only natural to expect that a country with the technological, military and diplomatic resources of the us is inclined to try and fix problems. Most europeans convinced that dialogue and development are more effective paths to security than is military strength.

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