Iraq can be considered the 'perfect storm' which brought out the stark differences between the US and Europe. The disagreement over the role of the United Nations continues and the bitterness in the United States against its betrayal by allies like France is not diminishing. Meanwhile, the standing of the United States among the European public has plummeted. Within Europe, political tensions between what US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld euphemistically called the 'Old' Europe and the 'New' Europe continue to divide. To fully comprehend these rifts, this volume takes a specific look at the core security priorities of each European state and whether these interests are best served through closer security collaboration with the US or with emerging European structures such as the European Rapid Reaction Force. It analyzes the contribution each state would make to transatlantic security, the role they envisage for existing security structures such as NATO, and the role the US would play in transatlantic security.
'...offers a comprehensive overview of the main contemporary issues in transatlantic security...a unique and compelling collection that is rigorously researched and written in an approachable and accessible style. This trenchant analysis should be read by policymakers and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic.' Philip Dimitrov, former Prime Minister of Bulgaria and Ambassador to the United States 'This book of essays...focuses on the Euro-Atlantic political-security dimension of contemporary world politics as it relates to - although not exclusively - the Iraq situation...This thoughtful book provides a comprehensive overview of these unique national conditions, thereby enabling the informed reader...to obtain a grasp of the complexity of the contemporary trans-Atlantic based political-security world in which we live.' Robert S. Jordan, University of New Orleans, USA '...a major contribution to the current debates on transatlantic relations.' Journal of European Affairs and europeananalysis.org.uk 'People interested in comparative foreign policy will find the book very useful, as it addresses policies from countries that are not always considered important...Recommended.' Choice '...provides a first overview of the nature of the transatlantic relationship.' Political Studies Review 'What makes this work fascinating and useful is the editors' decision to include articles devoted to security issues and the policies of states as small as Slovakia or the Netherlands and as large as the United States. That Lithuania and Bulgaria have security needs and policies to meet them is self-evident, but often ignored.' H-Net Review