1st Edition

Transatlantic Relations Challenge and Resilience

Edited By Donald Abelson, Stephen Brooks Copyright 2022
    292 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.