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The Routledge Handbook of Transatlantic Security

Edited by: Basil Germond , Jussi M. Hanhimäki , Georges-Henri Soutou

Print publication date:  June  2010
Online publication date:  July  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415572835
eBook ISBN: 9780203846698
Adobe ISBN: 9781136936081

10.4324/9780203846698
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Book description

This new Handbook provides readers with the tools to understand the evolution of transatlantic security from the Cold War era to the early 21st century.

After World War II, the US retained a strong presence as the dominant member of NATO throughout the Cold War. Former enemies, such as Germany, became close allies, while even countries that often criticized the United States made no serious attempt to break with Washington. This pattern of security co-operation continued after the end of the Cold War, with NATO expansion eastwards extending US influence. Despite the Iraq war prompting a seemingly irreparable transatlantic confrontation, the last years of the Bush administration witnessed a warming of US-European relations, expected to continue with the Obama administration.

The contributors address the following key questions arising from the history of transatlantic security relations:

  • What lies behind the growing and continuing European dependency on security policy on the United States and what are the political consequences of this?
  • Is this dependency likely to continue or will an independent European Common Foreign and Security Policy eventually emerge?
  • What has been the impact of 'out-of-area' issues on transatlantic security cooperation?

The essays in this Handbook cover a broad range of historical and contemporary themes, including the founding of NATO; the impact of the Korean War; the role of nuclear (non-)proliferation; perspectives of individual countries (especially France and Germany); the impact of culture, identity and representation in shaping post-Cold War transatlantic relations; institutional issues, particularly EU-NATO relations; the Middle East; and the legacy of the Cold War, notably tensions with Russia.

This Handbook will be of much interest to students of transatlantic security, NATO, Cold War Studies, foreign policy and IR in general.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Three ministers and the world they made Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Korean War Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The doctrine of massive retaliation and the impossible nuclear defense of the Atlantic Alliance Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The Fourth Republic and NATO Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Fifth Republic and NATO Download PDF
Chapter  6:  NATO forever? Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Negotiating with the enemy and having problems with the allies Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Power shifts and new security needs Download PDF
Chapter  9:  West Germany and the United States during the Middle East Crisis of 1973 Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The United States and the ‘loss’ of Iran Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Warsaw Pact, NATO and the end of the Cold War Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The road to Saint-Malo Download PDF
Chapter  13:  EU–NATO relations after the Cold War Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Security of the EU borders in the post-Cold War era Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Venus has learned geopolitics Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The rise and fall of criticism towards the United States in transatlantic relations Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Strategic culture and security Download PDF
Chapter  18:  European security identity since the end of the Cold War Download PDF
Chapter  19:  A realistic reset with Russia Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The Obama administration and transatlantic security Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Is the present future of NATO already history? Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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