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The Politics of Resilience and Transatlantic Order

Enduring Crisis?, 1st Edition

Edited by Gordon Friedrichs, Sebastian Harnisch, Cameron G. Thies


282 pages

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This edited volume bridges the "analytical divide" between studies of transatlantic relations, democratic peace theory, and foreign policy analysis, and improves our theoretical understanding of the logic of crises prevention and resolution.

The recent rise of populism and polarization in both the U.S.A and Europe adds to a host of foreign policy crises that have emerged in transatlantic relations over the last two decades. Through examining how democracies can manage to sustain and maintain mechanisms of crisis resilience that are embedded in the democratic peace, and particularly transatlantic relations, this book helps enhance the understanding of inter-democratic crisis resolution across issue areas. In doing so, it addresses some of the most important and prevalent crises of our time, such as anti-terrorism intervention in Afghanistan; Iran’s nuclear program; burden-sharing within North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO; key aspects of the international order, such as binding norms for cyber security and the integration of China into the Western-led international economic order; as well as domestic order shifts, such as the British vote to leave the European Union (EU) and the impact of the Trump administration populist foreign policy on transatlantic crisis resolution.

This book will be of key interest to students and scholars of International Relations, Transatlantic Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Comparative Politics.

Table of Contents

1. Theorizing Transatlantic Crisis Resilience: An Introduction [Sebastian Harnisch, Cameron G. Thies, and Gordon Friedrichs]

2. America First, NATO Second: Deciphering the Dutch-American Alliance in Post-9/11 Out-of-Area Operations [Arthur ten Cate]

3. Ukraine Crises and the Limits of Transatlantic Cooperation [Sergiy Kudelia]

4. Thaw or Containment? NATO Divisions over Russia and the Quest for Alliance Credibility [Sebastian Mayer]

5. New Politics of Burden-Sharing in NATO? Crisis, Conflict, and Resilience in an Era of Populism [Serena Simoni and Sebastian Harnisch]

6. Preventing Crisis Militarization: The European Union, the United States and the Iranian Nuclear Program [Sebastian Harnisch]

7. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action at a Crossroads [David Santoro]

8. Business as Usual or Norm Promotion? Divergent Modes and Consequences of Transatlantic Crisis Resilience in Cybersecurity and Data Protection after the Snowden Revelations [Wolf Schünemann]

9. A Crisis of Trust: Transatlantic Cybersecurity Relations in the Post-Snowden Era [Ryan C. Maness]

10. A Coming Transatlantic Clash over International Development Banks? The Case of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AAIB) [Klaus Rohland]

11. International Development Banks in the Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis: A Turn from Transatlanticism? [Cameron G. Thies]

12. "Brexit" and the Politics of Resilience in the U.S.-UK Special Relationship [Kai Oppermann]

13. A New Grand Bargain? Trumpian Populism and Shifts in Liberal Economic Order [Gordon Friedrichs]

14. The Logic of Crisis Resilience in Transatlantic Relations [Sebastian Harnisch, Cameron G. Thies, and Gordon Friedrichs]

About the Editors

Gordon Friedrichs is Research Associate at the Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University, Germany.

Sebastian Harnisch is Professor at the Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University, Germany.

Cameron G. Thies is Professor and Director of the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Challenges, Crises and Dissent in World Politics

This new series focuses on major issues that have surfaced in recent years, and which will pose significant and complex challenges to inter/national politics in the next few decades. While we are open to any exciting ideas for edited, single or co-authored work, we are particularly interested in book proposals that explore dissent and crises in world politics and challenge our current understanding of global order. We are open to a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches including critical and postmodern studies and further relate to following themes:

  • The challenge to Western hegemony - The rise of China, India, Brazil and the revival of Russia have powerful impacts on the nature of what has long been regarded as a fixed point in IR – a common (Western, and mainly liberal) understanding of global order. The growing self-confidence of the BRICS and others as well as the emerging focus on everyday phenomena and subnational actors/groups in international politics, however, show that Western dominant views are increasingly questioned. Can a common foundation of values, ideas and interests emerge from these multifaceted challenges to Western power and values?
  • The challenge to inter/national and regional governability - The economic recession, environmental problems such as climate change, the decision of the American-led coalition to go to war in Iraq without Security Council approval, the threat of ISIS, the failure of the EU Constitution and later the Lisbon Treaty to secure popular approval and the inability of the UN to make much difference to many problems have all exposed serious deficiencies in the regional and global governance instruments that many once saw as the basis of a ‘new world order’. Is this merely a pause in an inevitable progress towards further global and regional integration or are we facing some more fundamental problems associated with the rise of multiple heterogonous and intertwined orders in global politics? How do these increasing frictions and crises impede the maintenance of national coherence in Western and non-Western states?
  • Ideologies, Religion, Nationalism and Extremism - A consequence of globalisation has been an attempt to reaffirm various local or particular identities in response to perceived challenges of globalisation, such as migration, economic restructuring, the spread of Western values and the decline of traditional morality. Illustrations of this phenomenon include the rise of Islamist politics as well as other forms of religious fundamentalism, the emergence of protest movements on the ground and growing digital communities, the rise of far right parties/groups in many countries and the question of internet and information security. How might these phenomena damage the prospects of a shared multilateral (or global?) framework of assumptions and common interests that most would see as essential to effective global governance?
  • Changing World and the lack of leadership – The world we are living in is characterized by a growing amount of uncertainties. Crises and contingency seem to emerge as the "new normal" of inter/national politics. It is thus increasingly hard for political leaders to translate power into outcomes. In this book series, we also invite contributions by former or current practitioners, policy advisors and scholars who are working in the field of academic/policy-divide to elaborate particularly their view on dissent and crises in current world affairs.

If you have an idea for a new book in Routledge Series on Dissent and Crises in World Politics, please send a written proposal to the Series Editors:

Karoline Postel-Vinay

Nadine Godehardt

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