Bertram, Christoff
January 1984
Foreign Affairs;1984 Special Issue, Vol. 62 Issue 3, p616
This article examines the foreign relations between Europe and the United States in 1983. The major nations of the democratic West assembled in May in the Colonial Williamsburg to manifest their unity and their confidence. Key issues affecting the United States' relations with its European allies, such as the future structure of transatlantic cooperation, the nature of the common defense, the role of Western Europe, and the political impact of the economy are discussed in this article. The author suggests that the future of Western security was challenged less by threats from the East than by political erosion in the West. West Europeans would blame the United States if the challenge were not met. In reality, they would primarily have themselves to blame.


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