EU—US relations since the late 1980s have been very different from any previous period since the Second World War. Dramatic changes in the world landscape since the late 1980s have put EU—US relations under renewed and previously ‘unknown’ pressures. These changes clearly reflect the development of new structural parameters in the international system most notably a revision of institutional and policy goals and new perceptions of interest and levels of adequacy in power capability. The international system in which the EU—US sub-system is located exerts enormous influence over how each actor behaves towards the other. The world environment tends to be conducive to good relations in times of economic prosperity and regional peace but inter-actor relations could sour in times of world recession and/or political turbulence.
KeywordsForeign Policy Security Policy International System World Order European Security
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