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Speaking at the opening of the Europe Regional Intensive Seminar at the Department of State's National Foreign Affairs Training Center, the author argues that American officials need more than facts about Europe--they need to put the facts together in a coherent way. Furthermore, policy officials need to be ready to state and defend their views about what the United States should do with respect to a broad range of global issues. The author identifies and evaluates six such key policy issues involving American interests that shape U.S.-European relations: (1) the nature of Europe as amorphous and lacking a definitive character; (2) the evolution of Russia; (3) the role of institutions such as NATO and the European Union (EU) in shaping the future of Europe; (4) the enlargement of NATO; (5) the U.S. role in Bosnia and the Balkans, and (6) the need for a new Euro-American partnership.

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