In Search of a New World Order: The Future of U.S.-European Relations

In Search of a New World Order: The Future of U.S.-European Relations

In Search of a New World Order: The Future of U.S.-European Relations

In Search of a New World Order: The Future of U.S.-European Relations

Synopsis

In the aftermath of the Cold War era, a new world order is being created at an extraordinary pace. Europe is becoming a more unified power, Germany is assuming a central role within that power, NATO is looking for a new mission, the former Soviet Union has ceased to be a superpower threat, and the United States is going through its own superpower adjustments. As these dramatic shifts occur, a crucial question for world stability is the future relationship between the United States and Europe. This volume brings together some of the best-informed and most-experienced international personalities to interpret the repercussions of these twists of the European kaleidoscope. They assess the impact the changes will have on future political, economic, trade, financial, industrial, and security developments, and above all, on U.S.-European relations.

Excerpt

The cold war has passed into history, and we are fortunate to contemplate a future without the threat of the Soviet Union's nuclear arsenal. This dramatic change, however welcome, presents an array of new problems that require new solutions.

Analyzing these new problems involves assessing the prospects for monetary and political union in Europe, evaluating the economic and financial influence a united Germany will have within that union, and gauging what sort of role Britain will play in this new configuration. It also means examining the future of nato, whose function, now that the main threat from the East has faded, is being questioned and whose relationship to a European defense force is being hotly debated. An even more fundamental question is the future role of the United States in this new Europe.

As the twelve members of the European Community were preparing to meet at Maastricht in December 1991, Henry Brandon . . .

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