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
Part II: Issue Areas and Policies
Chapter Three—Transatlantic Relations and the Challenges of Climate Change and the Environment
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
Chapter Six—Human Rights in US and EU Foreign Policies
Part III: Broader Determinants of Transatlantic Relations
Chapter Seven—Canada-EU-US Relations
Chapter Eight—The Rise of China and Transatlantic Strategy
Chapter Nine—Public and Elite Opinion Relating to the EU-US Relationship
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
"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.