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Terms of Engagement: The United Staes and the European Security Identity

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Michael Brenner examines European efforts—and American responses—to reduced defense dependency in a post-Cold War world. Unresolved questions abound: institutional form, political direction, resources, and—above all—uncertainty about the place of the United States in security arrangements for and with a new Europe. As he makes clear, the culture of transatlantic security dependency casts a shadow over the ongoing project of reequilibrating the Euro-American alliance. U.S. prestige and power weigh all the heavier ...

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Overview

Michael Brenner examines European efforts—and American responses—to reduced defense dependency in a post-Cold War world. Unresolved questions abound: institutional form, political direction, resources, and—above all—uncertainty about the place of the United States in security arrangements for and with a new Europe. As he makes clear, the culture of transatlantic security dependency casts a shadow over the ongoing project of reequilibrating the Euro-American alliance. U.S. prestige and power weigh all the heavier because of American ambivalence in coming to terms with its allies' ambitions.

Agreeing on a conception of European Security and Defense Identity and measures to implement it has three requirements: clarifying a security agenda dominated by political goals; candid dialogue on the apprehensions the transatlantic partners have about each other; and dedication to perfecting multilateralism as the standard behavioral code for a more egalitarian alliance. Giving life to ESDI unavoidably will generate tensions and amplify a European voice that at times will grate on Washington's ears. However, as Brenner asserts, making multilateralism work is the best way to ensure that those negatives are outweighed by the value ESDI has for advancing U.S. as well as European interests. This is must reading for scholars, students, and policy makers involved with European security and international relations issues.

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Brenner (international affairs, U. of Pittsburgh) describes European security and Defense Identity, the European pillar of NATO, as a search for self-actualization rather than for tangible results, and therefore difficult for all players to quantify. He finds that the initiative for strengthening it is bolstered by the end of Cold-War dependency on the US, but dampened somewhat by the lack of a significant security threat, a kaleidoscope of existing organizations, and ambiguous feelings on both sides of the Atlantic about the future role of the US. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275964979
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Washington Papers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 142
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Brenner is Professor of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 European Identity 1
The American Perspective 5
What Is Who Are Europe? 10
The Globalization Gap 13
2 History of an Idea 22
A Study in Architecture 24
The Clinton Transition 31
Europeanizing Commands 41
Never Say Never 46
3 Terms of Engagement 52
What Can the Europeans Deliver? 54
Barbells 58
A Global Partnership? 62
Making It Work 71
4 Partnership and Dialogue 82
If Not Partnership, Dialogue? 82
Enlargement and Restriction 85
The New Transatlantic Agenda 91
Notes 104
Glossary 113
Bibliography 115
Index 118
About the Author 125
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