The Obama Moment: European and American Perspectives by Álvaro de Vasconcelos, Marcin Zaborowski

By Álvaro de Vasconcelos, Marcin Zaborowski

The election of Barack Obama has raised significant expectancies in Europe and spread out new possibilities for facing international demanding situations. Authored through top specialists from each side of the Atlantic, this publication presents an authoritative research of the main topical concerns dealing with the agendas of the eu Union and the United States.The quantity addresses the worldwide questions of multilateralism, the financial system, disarmament, and weather switch, in addition to key neighborhood matters together with Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, Africa, and the Israeli-Palestinian clash. The ebook concludes that it really is relevant that Europeans and americans grab "the Obama second" with the intention to capitalize at the urgency of appearing now. they are going to additionally have to flow to a brand new paradigm of the EU-U.S. courting and NATO's function inside of it —one that takes account of the truth that the West wishes "the relaxation" to house the main urgent problems with our time."An vital contribution to the talk on how we will renew our transatlantic partnership for a brand new age.... This booklet lays out the demanding situations and offerings we are facing. It merits to be commonly read." —Javier Solana, excessive consultant for the european universal international and safeguard Policy"A well timed contribution to the much-needed discussion concerning transatlantic family members. each side have to comprehend one another higher and this quantity is helping its readers comprehend the explanations of discord and the most important matters to be addressed." —Zbigniew Brzezinski, nationwide protection adviser to President CarterContributors comprise Alexandra Bell (Ploughshares Fund), John Bruton (Ambassador, ecu fee to the USA 2004–09), Tom Cargill (Chatham House), Joseph Cirincione (Ploughshares Fund), James F. Dobbins (RAND), Nikolas Foster (SAIS Johns Hopkins University), Daniel S. Hamilton (Center for Transatlantic Relations), Bruce Jones (Center on foreign Cooperation, NYU), Erik Jones (SAIS Bologna middle, Johns Hopkins University), Ibrahim Kalin (Prince Alwaleed bin Talal middle for Muslim-Christian Understanding), Andrew Kuchins (CSIS), Michael O'Hanlon (Brookings Institution), Rouzbeh Parsi (European Union Institute for safety Studies), Glen Ranwala (University of Cambridge), Pawel S?wieboda (demosEUROPA), and Alex Vines (Chatham House).

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7. W. Norton & Company, 2008). 36 John Bruton I believe the biggest challenge facing the EU now is that of framing a common approach towards Russia. Russia has a capacity to exploit divisions within the European Union. EU Member States have different historical and economic relationships with Russia. But, if the EU takes itself seriously, it has to mould these differences into something common. This will require a huge investment of time by full-time EU leaders, who are working day-in and day-out to identify and articulate the common EU interest.

The 31 1. EU-US transatlantic relations: the Obama moment self-exclusion of the biggest military power in the world from the jurisdiction of the Court set up to judge war crimes, while much smaller militaries come under its jurisdiction, gives ammunition to ill-intentioned critics of the United States. Constraints in the conduct of US foreign policy It is important, of course, that Europeans should recognise the constraints under which President Obama, or any US President, must act in the field of foreign policy.

The Obama administration has been clear that a comprehensive regional strategy for ‘Af-Pak’ is of highest priority. The administration has boosted the US troop presence in Afghanistan, appointed Richard Holbrooke as the President’s Special Representative for the region, increased economic assistance to both countries, and is working with both governments to improve the delivery of basic services and build their economies. The administration quickly engaged European allies in its effort to forge a new approach to Afghanistan focused on creating an environment in which Afghans are able to exorcise terrorists and govern themselves.

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