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1st Edition

Transatlantic Relations
Challenge and Resilience

ISBN 9780367706944
Published March 31, 2022 by Routledge
292 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explains how and why the transatlantic relationship has remained resilient despite persistent differences in the preferences, approaches, and policies of key member states.

It covers topics ranging from the history of transatlantic relations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization and security issues, trade, human rights, and the cultural sinews of the relationship, to the impacts of COVID-19, climate change, think tanks, the rise of populism, public opinion, and the triangular relationship between the United States (US), Europe, and China. The book also conceptualizes resilience as a quality arising from myriad forms of interdependence. This interdependence helps shed light on the Atlantic partnership’s capacity to withstand serious disagreements, such as those that occurred during the Reagan, George W. Bush, and Trump presidencies.

With a principal focus on the US and Europe, the contributors to the volume also employ Canadian case studies to provide a unique and useful corrective. This book will interest all intermediate and senior undergraduate as well as graduate courses on relations between the US and Europe, American foreign policy, and European Union foreign policy. A specialist readership that includes academic and think tank researchers, policy practitioners, and opinion leaders will also benefit from this timely volume.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sources of Resilience in the Transatlantic Relationship

Donald E. Abelson and Stephen Brooks

Part I: Sensibility, Solidarity, and Stress

Chapter One —Transatlantic Sensibility and Solidarity: The Distinctive Factors of Interpersonal Connection and Shared Historical Experience

Alan K. Henrikson

Chapter Two—The COVID-19 Pandemic as an Incubator of Great Power Rivalries

Josef Braml

Part II: Issue Areas and Policies

Chapter Three—Transatlantic Relations and the Challenges of Climate Change and the Environment

Simon Schunz

Chapter Four—NATO’s "Macronian" Peril: Real or Exaggerated?

David G. Haglund

Chapter Five—What’s in My Sandwich? Trade, Values, and the Promise of Deeper Integration

Francesco Duina

Chapter Six—Human Rights in US and EU Foreign Policies

Joe Renouard

Part III: Broader Determinants of Transatlantic Relations

Chapter Seven—Canada-EU-US Relations

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly

Chapter Eight—The Rise of China and Transatlantic Strategy

Emiliano Alessandri

Chapter Nine—Public and Elite Opinion Relating to the EU-US Relationship

Stephen Brooks

Chapter Ten—Think Tanks and Transatlantic Relations: An Overview

Donald E. Abelson and Christopher J. Rastrick

Chapter Eleven—The Rise and Challenge of Populism

Andrea Wagner, Eric Pietrasik, and Dorian Kroqi

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Donald E. Abelson is Director, Brian Mulroney Institute of Government, Steven K. Hudson Chair in Canada-US Relations, and Professor, Political Science, St. Francis Xavier University.

Stephen Brooks is Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor and director of the European Union Study Abroad Program, a collaboration of the University of Windsor and Western University.


"Challenges to transatlantic relations didn't begin (or end) with the Trump presidency. This book applies historical and contemporary perspectives in addressing an urgent question: How resilient are those relations? Policymakers and researchers striving to understand what the future could bring will find this book helpfully thought-provoking."

Roy Norton, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Canada.