Does a Transatlantic Strategy Exist?

1 Dec 2014 18:00

Have the Europeans taken the transatlantic relationship for granted? For decades Europe has benefitted from the American security guarantee through NATO, yet the United States’ pivot to the Asia-Pacific is casting doubt over the future shape of American engagement with the continent. Beyond the economic rationale for closer cooperation under the TTIP, what is the future of European-American security cooperation? Is the European way of strategy simply too different to the US approach and therefore inadequate? If not, what European states are most relevant to American strategy and why?

with Prof. Christopher Coker, London School of Economics and Political Science

Professor Christopher Coker is a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was a NATO Fellow in 1981. He has served two terms on the Council of the Royal United Services Institute. He is a regular lecturer at the Royal College of Defence Studies (London); the NATO Defence College (Rome); the Centre for International Security (Geneva); and the National Institute for Defence Studies (Tokyo). He is a serving member of the Washington Strategy Seminar; the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (Cambridge, MA); the Black Sea University Foundation; the Moscow School of Politics; and the LSE Cold War Studies Centre. He is a member of the Council on the 21st Century Trust. He has published extensively and his most recent book is entitled Can War be Eliminated? (Polity Press, 2014).

This was the eighth lecture of the IES Autumn Lecture Series 2014: "The Future of European Geostrategy" jointly organised by the Institute for European Studies-VUB and the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations. Read more about the lecture series!

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