Three Fictions of Transatlantic Relations

  • Daniel N. Nelson


Three fictions persist both in official documents and in pronouncements about transatlantic relations. The first of these, believed on both sides of the Atlantic, is in the existence of a post-Cold War American primacy and unparalleled global dominance. A second, dating from 1949, is that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) operates by consensus and exhibits unity of purpose and efficacy in action. A third and more recent fiction, derived from the halcyon days of 1989–91, is an image of one Europe, ‘whole and free’. From the Western shores of the Atlantic, much of this is comforting, and all of it is wrong.


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