Divided West: European Security and the Transatlantic Relationship / Edition 1

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This book analyses the genesis and process through which transatlantic strategic dissonance now defines a divided West. It contends that constructive strategic dissonance has the potential to best manage a complex and pressing global security agenda.

  • Reflects on the bitter disputes that have crystallized across the Atlantic after 9/11 and the rise of terrorist, WMD and failed state threats.
  • Structured around the concepts of ‘Atlantic’, ‘Core’, ‘New’ ‘Non-aligned’ and ‘Periphery’ Europe that have emerged in the wake of these disputes.
  • Identifies the trends and factors that have driven and could further propel the Euro-Atlantic security community towards different futures.
  • Analyses the security policy implications of each scenario for states within this region.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'This well-structured, crisply written volume is one of the best– and certainly one of the most succinct and conceptuallyinteresting – to have been authored on that battered entityknown as the transatlantic relationship. Quietly but effectivelychallenging the official myth that the crisis is now past, Forsbergand Herd reveal beyond all possible doubt that the trauma thatarose as a result of Iraq and 9/11 still remains unresolved and, inofficial circles at least, little understood. Divorce may not be onthe cards just yet. Nonetheless, difficult and problematic timeslie ahead. A sobering, indeed essential read for policy-makers andacademics on both sides of an ever-widening Atlantic.'
Michael Cox, London School of Economics

‘Divided West makes a unique contribution to a vastliterature on transatlantic relations. Rather than complaining howbad things are, the authors offer a lucid theoretical framework inwhich the current transatlantic imbroglio is clinically dissected.It is clearly the most thorough and thought-provoking bookavailable in the field.’
Peter van Ham, Clingendael Institute, The Hague

‘This book makes uneasy but essential reading forAtlanticists and Europeanists. At the interface of theory andpolicy, this superb analysis plunges deep into the divide that istoday's West and pulls no punches about the implications ofstrategic dissonance. It is quite simply a must read for anyone whocares deeply about the West and Europe's place withinit.’
Julian Lindley-French, Centre for Applied Policy, University ofMunich

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405130424
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/15/2006
  • Series: Chatham House Papers Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Tuomas Forsberg is Acting Professor of World Politics atthe University of Helsinki and adjunct professor at the Universityof Lapland. Between 2002 and 2004 he was Professor of WesternEuropean Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Centerfor Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Prior tothat he worked as senior researcher and acting director at theFinnish Institute of International Affairs. He gained his PhD atthe University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1998. His research hasdealt primarily with European security issues, focusing on ESDP,Germany, Russia and Northern Europe and he has published injournals including Co-operation and Conflict, European Security,Geopolitics, Journal of Peace Research, Political ScienceQuarterly, Review of International Studies and SecurityDialogue. His most recent publication is Finland and Crises:From the Years of Danger to the Terrorist Attacks (2003).

Dr Graeme P. Herd is a resident Faculty Member at theGeneva Centre for Security Policy and is involved with experttraining in comprehensive international peace and security policyfor mid-career diplomats, military officers, and civil servantsfrom foreign, defence, and other relevant ministries, as well asfrom international organizations. He is also an Associate Fellow ofthe International Security Programme at Chatham House. Between 2002and 2005 he was Professor of Civil-Military Relations, AssociateDirector, Senior Executive Seminar and Faculty Director of Researchat the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies,Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He has published extensively onaspects of contemporary security politics, particularly onpost-Soviet space, in journals including Armed Forces &Society, Co-operation and Conflict, European Security, Journal ofPeace Research, Journal of Slavic Military Studies, MediterraneanPolitics, Political Science Quarterly, Security Dialogue, andThe World Today. His books include Russia and theRegions: Strength through Weakness (2003) and Soft SecurityThreats and European Security (2005), co-edited with AnneAldis. His latest book is forthcoming in 2006 and focuses oncountering ideological support for terrorism.

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Table of Contents


About the Authors.

1. The Divided West: Challenges, Obstacles and Dilemmas.

2. Theory and Transatlantic Crisis.

3. ‘Atlantic Europe’: The UK, the US and EuropeanSecurity.

4. ‘Core Europe’: Germany's National Interest,Transatlantic Relations and European Security.

5. ‘New Europe’: And Transatlantic Relations.

6. ‘Non-Aligned Europe’ and TransatlanticRelations.

7. ‘Periphery Europe’: Russia and TransatlanticSecurity.

8. Transatlantic Futures in an Age of Strategic Dissonance.




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