This work - based on original research - provides a concise, provocative analysis of relations between Europe and America and their implications for the wider system of international relations in the 1990s. John Peterson argues that the end of the Cold War enhances the prospects for a "New Transatlanticism" despite the potential for unprecedented conflicts rooted in the "democratization" of western foreign policymaking processes. The analysis focuses on the long-term impacts on bilateral relations of recent geopolitical change, the Uruguay Round of the of the GATT, the reformulation of European security structures, changing notions of national and international security, new debates on the acceptable costs of American internationalism, and the political development of the European Community. Each chapter applies leading theories of international relations - neorealism, liberal trade theory, interdependence theories and reformism - as guides to understanding US-EC relations. "Europe and America in the 1990s" is designed for use in courses on the European Community, American foreign policy and international relations.
It also provides an up-to-date, rigorous survey for specialists seeking to understand US-EC relations in the aftermath of the most tumultuous period in European politics since 1945.