Future Relations between the United States and Europe

  • Wayne Wilcox


After twenty-five years of quite unusual strategic stability, the security relationships among the major world powers are returning to their historic natural state — flux. This has been painfully obvious to Soviet decision-makers concerned with their Chinese ex-ally, and equally clear if not so dramatic with their East European client-subjects.1 The flux is also to be seen in the relationship between the United States and its NATO and Japanese allies. Since the beginning of the 1970s, change has accelerated and there is little reason to expect it to moderate because of some benign and intrinsic equilibrium process at work in world politics.


Foreign Policy Nuclear Weapon Defence Expenditure Strategic Relationship Middle Power 
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  1. 1.
    For an interesting analysis, see Robin Remington, The Warsaw Pact: Case Studies in Communist Conflict Resolution (Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press, 1971).Google Scholar
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    An early example of this approach is Henry A. Kissinger, The Troubled Partnership: A Reappraisal of the Atlantic Alliance (New York: McGraw-Hill, for the Council on Foreign Relations, 1965).Google Scholar
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    See C. Fred Bergsten’s, ‘The New Economics and U.S. Foreign Policy’, Foreign Affairs, L, 2 (Jan 1972) 199-222, for a review.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Of the many examples, perhaps three might suffice as exemplary: Klaus Knorr (ed.) NATO and American Security (Princeton Univ. Press, 1959);Google Scholar
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    Helmut Schmidt, Defence or Retaliation: A German View (New York: Praeger, 1982);Google Scholar
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    and W. T. R. Fox and Annette B. Fox, NATO and the Range of American Choice (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1987).Google Scholar
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    See Josef Korbel’s, Détente (Princeton Univ. Press, 1972), for an elaboration and explication of the terms applied in this era.Google Scholar
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    For a useful analysis, see Richard N. Cooper, The Economics of Interdependence: Economic Policy in the Atlantic Community (New York: McGraw-Hill, for the Council on Foreign Relations, 1988).Google Scholar

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© National Defence College 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wayne Wilcox
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  1. 1.Institute of War and Peace StudiesColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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