Cohesion and Competition in the Atlantic Community: Implications for Security
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Two great world wars of the 20th Century have altered dramatically the face of the European continent, while at the same time they have drawn America and Europe into an Atlantic partnership. In the three decades that have elapsed since the close of World War II, two complementary processes have shaped European history and have dramatically affected the United States. In the first place, Europe has ceded its world leadership role to two contending superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. At the same time, the consolidation of Western Europe into a transnational politico-economic unit tends to redress the balance in favor of the older metropolitan center. These two contending processes, against the background of superpower competition, raise several issues concerning the relationship of Europe with the superpowers themselves. This article will examine the Atlantic community as an aspect of this post-war relationship.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations