Who is Leading Whom in the Atlantic Alliance?

by Horst Mendershausen

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A talk given to a RAND seminar on the author's impressions of and reflections on current events in Europe after a six-week tour in Western Europe. After discussing events and impressions of specific countries, the author concludes that the U.S.-European alliance appears to be working today to produce power images for the United States and prosperity for the Europeans. The United States depends more on European goodwill than the Europeans do on U.S. goodwill. The Europeans can threaten the U.S. power image but the United States cannot deliberately threaten European prosperity and security without impairing her own interests and risking Soviet gains. This may or may not be a bad deal for the United States. 15 pp.

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