The European Security and Defense Policy:

NATO's Companion — or Competitor?

by Robert E. Hunter


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The emergence of the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) in the last two-thirds of the 1990s and continuing into the new century, has been a complex process intertwining politics, economics, national cultures, and numerous institutions. This book provides an essential background for understanding how security issues as between NATO and the European Union are being posed for the early part of the 21st century, including the new circumstances following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001. This study should be of interest to those interested in the evolution of U.S.-European relations, especially in, but not limited to, the security field; the development of institutional relationships; and key choices that lie ahead in regard to these critical arrangements.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword PDF

  • Preface PDF

  • Tables PDF

  • Summary PDF

  • Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgments PDF

  • Chapter One

    Background PDF

  • Chapter Two

    Introduction PDF

  • Chapter Three

    The Grand Bargain of Berlin and Brussels PDF

  • Chapter Four

    Beyond Berlin: Devil in the Details (I) PDF

  • Chapter Five

    St. MÂLO and Beyond PDF

  • Chapter Six

    The Three Ds-And a Fourth PDF

  • Chapter Seven

    Defense Capabilities and the Defense Capabilities Initiative PDF

  • Chapter Eight

    From Washington to Cologne PDF

  • Chapter Nine

    Congress Responds PDF

  • Chapter Ten

    The Helsinki Watershed PDF

  • Chapter Eleven

    After Helsinki: Getting the NATO-EU Relationship Right PDF

  • Chapter Twelve

    Practical Arrangements: Devil in the Details (II) PDF

  • Chapter Thirteen

    Parallel Tracks PDF

  • Chapter Fourteen

    U.S. Concerns Crystallize PDF

  • Chapter Fifteen

    Nice and Beyond PDF

  • Chapter Sixteen

    The New U.S. Administration PDF

  • Chapter Seventeen

    Sorting It Out PDF

  • Chapter Eighteen

    Striking the Balance: a U.S. View PDF

  • Chapter Nineteen

    Practical Steps: Building a Transatlantic Bridge-Not a Barrier PDF

  • Chapter Twenty

    Looking to the Future PDF

  • Afterword PDF

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