European Union-Japanese Relations: Future Conflict or Cooperation?
INDIANA UNIV AT BLOOMINGTON
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A recent Hudson Institute study states that the end of the Cold War is but the beginning of Western Europes emergence from a kind of cocoon. This protective cocoon had, of course, been safeguarded by the U.S., which bore ultimate responsibility for the management of the Soviet security threat to the Triad that is, the U.S., European Community, and Japan. However, with the capitulation of communist rule in the former Soviet bloc countries, the European Community recently renamed the European Union has begun to emerge from that cocoon. Of the three fundamentals upon which the NATO alliance rested - shared political and economic values, common economic interests, and resisting Soviet aggression - only two remain. Virtually gone is the common Soviet threat, which was the most binding of the three fundamentals. Shared political and economic values have now become the principal glue which holds together the Triads grand alliance of the Cold War era.
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