Friendly fire. The near-death of the transatlantic alliance

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Publication Date 2003
ISBN 0-8157-7153-3
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The fallout from 9/11 and the subsequent 'war on terrorism' has perhaps provided focus for the schism which has developed in relations between the US and its traditional allies on the European continent. Undoubtedly the European Union now speaks with a stronger voice and one which may not always follow the preferred or perceived US line. The author of this work looks at some of the areas of dispute that led to 'the near death of the transatlantic alliance in the last year'. The rows at the WTO, status of the International Criminal Court, environmental differences over the Kyoto Protocol, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the United Nations and international law are featured in this examination of the deteriorating relationship that has developed as the world readjusts to the presence of a single super power and the new counterbalance that will be required. The interdependent $2.5 trillion transatlantic economy might well prove the catalyst to compromise and common sense as both sides of the divide echo the all embracing mantra - 'show me the money'!

The book will interest scholars, students, and general readers with an interest in transatlantic relations and international affairs.

Elizabeth Pond is a journalist based in Germany. She is editor of the quarterly Transatlantic Internationale Politik and a correspondent for the Washington Quarterly.

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