Transatlantic Relations after 9/11 and Iraq: Continuities and Discontinuities
There is a palpable sense amongst Europeans that major questions on the future of international politics no longer involve them. European opinions and preferences do not seem to matter, as the United States appears determined to define its interests nationally, assertively, and unilaterally. Long- established practices of consultation are pushed aside, replaced with calls for cooperation that do not appear to be issued with any serious desire that they will be heeded or acted upon. There is no doubt that an assertive, unilateral America challenges the basis of the relationship with its closest allies. Transatlantic relations are as much about shared vision as they are about joint policies. In the absence of one, the other inevitably atrophies.
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