1st Edition

America, the EU and Strategic Culture Renegotiating the Transatlantic Bargain

By Asle Toje Copyright 2008
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book provides a provocative analysis of relations between Europe and America during the tempestuous years 1998-2004. Analysing EU foreign policy, it concludes that the lessons learnt in interacting with America have been crucial in shaping the emerging EU strategic culture.

    The book challenges established orthodoxy regarding the sui generis nature of the European Union. Through detailed case-studies, it shows how the US influenced decisions during the formative years of the EU foreign and security policy: during the 1999 Kosovo war, the EU and NATO enlargement processes, and the 2003 Iraq crisis. However, the book argues that although policy ends may be lead by the US, the EU is growing increasingly confident in selecting distinctively ‘European’ means to achieve these goals. These findings have important implications for understanding both the EU as a foreign policy actor and of the EU-US partnership at the start of the 21st century.

    Introduction 1. Understanding Transatlantic Relations 2. The Transatlantic Bargain 3. The Kosovo War 4. EU and NATO Enlargements 5. The Iraq Crisis. Towards a Bipolar West


    Asle Toje is a Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies. He has a PhD in International Relations from Pembroke College, Cambridge.

    “Two parallel narratives have thus far shaped the way two very different sets of analysts have thought about Europe: one which stresses what Europeans have done for themselves and another that focuses almost exclusively on what the United States has done to, and for, Europe. The great strength of Asle Toje's meticulous study is to show that such a divide is both meaningless and misleading. If the fate of the United States has been bound up with the evolution of Europe since the end of the Cold War, then the history of the European Union he reveals has been closely shaped by policies emanating from the other side of the ocean. At last a study that sets contemporary European security and the European Union in its broader transatlantic context.” Michael Cox, London School of Economics

    “The concept of a transatlantic bargain has provided an inviting canvas on which many analysts have painted since it was first framed by Harlan Cleveland in 1970.  Asle Toje’s excellent analysis continues this process, particularly to take into account the new dynamics of the European integration process in the post-Cold War environment. Toje’s book provides a clear-headed, solid assessment of America’s continued influence – for better or worse – on the community-building process in Europe.  The bargaining goes on, with Europe still not an “equal” partner but an increasingly influential one.  Readers could not do better to understand the current dynamics of US-European relations than referring to Asle Toje’s well-written and thoughtful analysis.” Stanley R. Sloan, Atlantic Community Initiative and Middlebury College

    “Asle Toje has indeed fulfilled a much needed niche in the study of European Security and transatlantic relations.  This book explains the foundations of the transatlantic bargain ang provides a thoughtful and incisive analysis of its re emergence in the post Cold War era.  The United States’s impact on an emerging EU strategic culture and an evaluation of the EU’s ‘actorness’ in international relations, are essential factors in understanding the dynamics of a new transatlantic bargain.  Yet, these are issues which have not been studied in depth until now.  Illustrated through three carefully chosen and researched case studies, Toje shows us that although the US continues to impact European security, the dynamics of this impact are very different from those of the Cold War, where US influence over Europe depended on the former’s primacy
    over the latter.   The way this new influence works is far more subtle and
    based on a ‘revised’ transatlantic bargain, one based on partnership.  So far a strong analysis of the synchronicity of NATO and EU enlargements has been lacking.  This is one of the strengths of this densely researched and densely written book, which I also found to be one of the few enjoyable reads on the subject of European security in recent years.” Gülnur Aybet, University of Kent.

    "Well researched and very readable. At a time when ESDP appears to be taking off in a number of autonomous directions, Toje reminds us with case studies of Kosovo, NATO enlargement and the Iraq crisis of the continuing influence of the US over the underlying orientation of European security policy." Jolyon Howorth, Yale University