Accession Number : ADA311051

Title :   Reforging the Trans-Atlantic Relationship,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Barry, Charles

PDF Url : ADA311051

Report Date : FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 229

Abstract : This is a book devoted to the state of relations between the United States and its allies in western Europe. The regions of central and eastern Europe, and of the former Soviet Union states, are all dealt with in detail, but only in the context of being trans-Atlantic concerns. History is likely to judge the ties that have been cemented between Europe and the U.S. over the past fifty years as the most significant international relationship of all time. Those ties go far beyond the political-military, that is, the Atlantic Alliance. They are truly multifarious: ideological, cultural, social, historical, linguistic, economic, financial, diplomatic and military. After almost four hundred years, the bonds between America and Europe have become each other's most enduring and significant link in the world at large. Since the Second World War, the last epochal event in world history, the relationship has been fused closer together than ever before, dominated by common survival interests, and embodied most visibly in NATO. Not in spite of, but largely because of the broader trans-Atlantic relationships, NATO has survived beyond the tumultuous end of a Cold War that had been, in fact, its only raison d'ere. But, will it all yet unravel?

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *NATO, *EUROPE, *UNITED STATES, *POLITICAL ALLIANCES, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *BALANCE OF POWER, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY HISTORY, NATIONAL SECURITY, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, STRATEGY, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), MODIFICATION, RUSSIA, EASTERN EUROPE, BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA, WESTERN EUROPE, POLITICAL NEGOTIATIONS, LIMITED WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE