TITLE

THE EUROPEAN INITIATIVE

AUTHOR(S)
Watt, David
PUB. DATE
December 1978
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;1978 Special Issue, Vol. 57 Issue 3
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the relationship between the West European nations and the United States and analyzes various incidents which are instrumental in shaping the relationship. In the 30 years following the enunciation of the Truman Doctrine in March 1947, promising military aid to Greece and Turkey, U.S.'s relations with her Western European allies have been subject to many tensions and fallen into many vagaries, but the alliance has been underpinned by a clear perception of common interest at the most fundamental levels of strategic argument. The basic truths hold that it is fruitful for both sides to have a good relationship. The article further makes special references to Germany, Great Britain, France and North Atlantic Treaty Organization. From the U.S. point of view the Europeans still looked like reasonably reliable allies, but the political and social alarms of the previous 12 months had aroused a whole legion of ideas and possibilities that had never hitherto penetrated the U.S. consciousness on a wide scale. In part, of course, these doubts on both sides of the Atlantic only differed in degree from those which have beset the alliance from its beginnings.
ACCESSION #
4854342

 

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