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The West: Divided in Freedom and Fear?

  • Ville SinkkonenEmail author
  • Henri Vogt
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Abstract

This chapter takes a critical look at the prevailing narrative of transatlantic estrangement from the perspective of freedom, one of the constitutive pillars of the Western community of values. The articulations of freedom in US and European foreign-policy discourses can be perceived as a metric for gauging in which ways the value structures on the two sides of the Atlantic possibly differ. We find that both actors strongly emphasise sovereignty as an indispensable manifestation of freedom. However, with the Trump presidency, the respective takes on the world point to different directions: the European Union focuses on local resilience, whereas the United States emphasises a world of competition. In spite of this, seeking common ground through the various faculties of freedom theorised in the chapter might, over time, lead to a more legitimate rule-based system of global governance.

Keywords

The United States European Union Foreign policy Freedom 

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  1. 1.The Finnish Institute of International AffairsHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of TurkuTurkuFinland

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