September 11, one year later – a fading transatlantic partnership?

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September 11, one year later – a fading transatlantic partnership?

This analysis by the US Center for Strategic and International Studies looks at the EU-US relationship one year after the 11 September terrorist attacks.

The author states that there is a sense that the two sides of the Atlantic are drifting away from the lofty goals they set after World War II and during the Cold War, and sought to reassert after the Cold War. The relationship is not only said to be lacking coherence; it is also said to be losing its necessity, as Americans and Europeans no longer share values or even interests – and, even when they do, lose their commonalties in the increasing capabilities gap that divides them.

CSIS argues that “rumors of an impending death of the transatlantic partnership” have drowned the facts of mutually beneficial cooperation for the past 50 years, but never amounted to much in the end. Yet thedéjà entenduof past discord should not invite complacency. “Rather, because this is not merely another transitory round of discord initiated by the style of a new US administration or a passing moment in the security environment, there is cause for concern,” says the author. He gives three reasons for the current drift in EU-US relations: the completion of “Europe,” the neglect of NATO, and a “new normalcy” in interstate relations.

To read the full text of this analysis, visit the

CSIS website.  

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