Who is Leading Whom in the Atlantic Alliance,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The U.S.-European alliance appears to be working today to produce power images for the U.S. and prosperity for the Europeans. For the alliance to perform in this manner, it appears that the U.S. depends more on European goodwill than the Europeans do on U.S. goodwill. The Europeans can threaten the power image by not respecting it, by disassociating themselves from U.S. policy drives, i.e., by deliberate acts, but the U.S. cannot deliberately threaten European prosperity and security without cutting into what appear to be important interests of its own, without fearing Soviet gains at our expense. The U.S. is tied by its own needs to playing the role of Europes protector, even if provisions to assure this protection slip on the Europeans priority scale.
- Government and Political Science