Allies at Odds?: The United States and the European Union by T. Mowle

By T. Mowle

Why, regardless of their comparable pursuits, do the coverage personal tastes of the ecu Union and usa diverge on such a lot of multilateral matters? to respond to that query, Allies at Odds completely examines contemporary foreign efforts in palms regulate, environmental safeguard, human rights, and army cooperation. proof from twenty separate situations helps the expectancies of the realist method of foreign politics, which specializes in the function of strength specifically. Neither cultural components nor overseas associations have as a lot effect as a few anticipate. This discovering was once as precise in the course of the Clinton Presidency as in the course of the present Bush management, indicating that targeting personalities overlooks extra giant and longer-lasting alterations among the Atlantic allies.

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We turn now to the second approach, liberalism. 57 Both commercial and democratic liberalism would expect cooperation among states with similar economic or political structures. Sociological is the least common and least well defined of these, having something in common both with the functional project of the EU itself and the epistemic exchange of beliefs described in the next section. The institutional version of liberalism, however, speaks directly to the problem described in this book. Realists recognize that institutions exist as a way of channeling state interests and making cooperation a bit easier.

Where the United States favors the status quo, or a position closer to it than the EU, then they will find themselves in conflict. Moreover, since the EU is acting with greater weight than it did as individual states, the EU’s common and fixed position is somewhat more likely to win external international support. The United States would then be forced to choose between vetoing the agreement (where that option is present), declining to conform to the global position, or accepting a position at odds with American preferences.

Examples include the use of the standoff longbow against French cavalry at Agincourt and the German submarine campaigns of both world wars. In the modern era, the coalition war against Iraq reinforced what perhaps should have already been clear from the Arab–Israeli conflicts: American weaponry, properly used, could not be directly resisted by any country other than an economic and industrial peer of the United States. The CWC was submitted to the UNGA in September 1992—reasonably close to Bush’s timetable.

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