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Divided West: European Security and the Transatlantic Relationship

Divided West: European Security and the Transatlantic Relationship

Tuomas Forsberg, Graeme Herd

ISBN: 978-1-405-13042-4

Aug 2006

200 pages

In Stock

$95.95

Description

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.
Acknowledgments.

About the Authors.

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

2. Theory and Transatlantic Crisis.

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

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

5. ‘New Europe’: And Transatlantic Relations.

6. ‘Non-Aligned Europe’ and Transatlantic Relations.

7. ‘Periphery Europe’: Russia and Transatlantic Security.

8. Transatlantic Futures in an Age of Strategic Dissonance.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

'This well-structured, crisply written volume is one of the best – and certainly one of the most succinct and conceptually interesting – to have been authored on that battered entity known as the transatlantic relationship. Quietly but effectively challenging the official myth that the crisis is now past, Forsberg and Herd reveal beyond all possible doubt that the trauma that arose as a result of Iraq and 9/11 still remains unresolved and, in official circles at least, little understood. Divorce may not be on the cards just yet. Nonetheless, difficult and problematic times lie ahead. A sobering, indeed essential read for policy-makers and academics on both sides of an ever-widening Atlantic.'
Michael Cox, London School of Economics

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

‘This book makes uneasy but essential reading for Atlanticists and Europeanists. At the interface of theory and policy, this superb analysis plunges deep into the divide that is today's West and pulls no punches about the implications of strategic dissonance. It is quite simply a must read for anyone who cares deeply about the West and Europe's place within it.’
Julian Lindley-French, Centre for Applied Policy, University of Munich


  • Brings fresh perspectives and new insights to the analysis of the impact of transatlantic strategic dissonance on European security.
  • 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.