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The Transatlantic Era (1989–2020) in Documents and Speeches

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ISBN 9780367747862
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

This accessible textbook uses key documents embedded in a clear narrative to chart the post-Cold War rise and decline of transatlantic relations. It provides a novel interpretive framework by proposing that the three decades between 1989 and 2020 represent a distinct ‘transatlantic era’.

Providing a unique new look at the recent history and politics of transatlantic relations, the book argues that three key phases can be identified:

  • 1989–1999: victory?
  • 2000–2010: divergence?
  • 2011–2020: disarray?

Each period defines a particular set of political, economic, and security dynamics, with the trend being a gradual undermining of the strengths on which transatlantic unity once relied. These three decades therefore represent both the high point of the transatlantic region’s power and potential, and its gradual decline in a global context. Presenting students with a critical perspective of US and European transatlantic policies through annotated key documents covering central aspects of security, political, economic, and cultural affairs, it will be essential reading on all International Relations courses as well as of great interest to scholars and students of US and European Studies, Foreign Policy, and Security Studies.

Table of Contents

Part I Contents

Part I Documents

Part I References

Part II Contents

Part II Documents

Part II References

Part III Contents

Part III Documents

Part III References

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Bram Boxhoorn is director of the Netherlands Atlantic Association (The Hague), a non-partisan organization that focuses on transatlantic security issues, such as the role of NATO in the Euro-Atlantic security framework, EU-US relations, and NATO-Russian relations.

Giles Scott-Smith holds the Roosevelt Chair in New Diplomatic History at Leiden University, The Netherlands.


"A fascinating look at three decades’ worth of transatlantic security cooperation. Boxhoorn and Scott-Smith offer insights and thought provoking questions for everyone interested in the changing political fortunes of the West and the prospect of a global power shift."

Sten Rynning, University of Southern Denmark.