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A Hybrid Relationship

Schmidt, Peter (ed.)

A Hybrid Relationship

Transatlantic Security Cooperation beyond NATO

Series: Internationale Sicherheit - Volume 7

Year of Publication: 2008

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. 336 pp., 3 fig., 7 tables
ISBN 978-3-631-57236-8 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.460 kg, 1.014 lbs

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Book synopsis

Transatlantic security cooperation has developed into a hybrid object. This necessitates a look beyond the two institutional cornerstones of cooperation, NATO and the bilateral EU-US relationship. The book addresses the historical and current conceptions of transatlantic security relations and analyzes new ‘platforms’ for cooperation such as the EU-3 initiative in regard to Iran, various forms of EU-NATO cooperation as well as the Middle East Quartet. The contributors examine the member states’ perspective on the relationship and discuss some new areas for action including a CFSP caucus in NATO, a reversed Berlin-plus agreement, a «Joint Transatlantic Nation-Building Task Force», and common criteria for stability operations on both sides of the Atlantic. The message throughout the book: there is no ‘master plan’ for strengthening transatlantic relations, but strong reasons to move forward with a sense of pragmatism.

Contents

Contents: Peter Schmidt: Acknowledgements and Introduction – Klaus Scharioth: Responding to the Challenges of Globalisation and the Need for a Transatlantic Community – David G. Haglund/Jay Nathwani: NATO’s Past, Present and Future: Theoretical Aspects – Volker Heise: European Security and Defence Policy in Transatlantic Relations: Minding the Gaps – John Van Oudenaren: From Atlantic Community to Atlantic Partnership and Beyond: American Conceptions of the Transatlantic Relationship since 1945 – Peter Schmidt: European Conceptions of the Transatlantic Relationship: Historical Overview and Some Conceptual Issues – Sebastian Harnisch: Minilateralisms, Formal Institutions and Transatlantic Cooperation: The EU-3 Initiative vis-à-vis Iran’s Nuclear Program – Charles C. Pentland: Berlin Plus or Minus? ESDP, NATO and Division of Labor – Frank Kupferschmidt: EU and NATO as «Strategic Partners»: The Balkans Experience – Andrea Charron/Benjamin Zyla/Jane Boulden: NATO, the EU and Darfur: Separate but Together – Markus Kaim: The Quartet Experience: Establishment and Results – Robert E. Hunter: The Quartet Experience: A New Platform for Transatlantic Relations? – Stephanie Hofmann/Ronja Kempin: Through the Transatlantic Looking Glass: France and the U.S., yet Another Special Relationship? – Frank Kupferschmidt: The United Kingdom between Transatlantic Relationship and European Integration: Pragmatism Put to the Test – Helga Haftendorn: The View from Berlin: Germany as a Self-assured European Middle Power – Kai-Olaf Lang: Preserving the Alliance, Going European and Knotting Direct Ties: Poland’s Euroatlanticism in Transition – Heinz Kramer: Turkey and the Transatlantic Alliance – Bo Huldt: Neutrality and Transatlanticism – Michael Schmunk: A Joint Transatlantic Nation-Building Task-Force – Seth G. Jones: Transatlantic Stability Operations: The Use of Overwhelming Force – Volker Heise/Peter Schmidt: NATO and EU: Reversing Berlin-Plus? – Eckhard Lübkemeier: NATO and a European (CFSP) Caucus – John van Oudenaren/Peter Schmidt: Round-up. Moving Forward with a Sense of Pragmatism.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editor: Peter Schmidt is Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin and Adjunct Professor at the University of Mannheim.

Reviews

«Der Band zeichnet sich insgesamt durch seinen klar strukturierten Aufbau - sinnvoll ergänzt durch übersichtliche Tabellen - sowie die hohe Qualität der Beiträge aus. Zudem werden die sicherheitspolitischen Identitäten einflussreicher NATO-Mitglieder gesondert betrachtet. Die Autoren eröffnen eine neue Perspektive auf die transatlantischen Sicherheitsbeziehungen und erschliessen dabei gleichzeitig diesen Themenbereich in seiner ganzen Komplexität.» (ZPol-Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft)

Series

Internationale Sicherheit. Bd. 7
Herausgegeben von Heinz Gärtner