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Department
Political Science
Course
Political Science 3314E
Professor
Radoslav Dimitrov
Semester
Summer

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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 li
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