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Transatlantic security

This group focuses on long-term trends in the global security context and policy adjustments made by the US and the EU. The aim is to assess whether transatlantic security relationship is a) drifting apart b) a functional partnership or c) an enduring partnership.

Oct 142014

Transworld Paper No. 45

by Tobias Bunde

Social constructivists have always thought of NATO as the institutionalization of the transatlantic security community, based on a collective identity of a community of liberal democracies. Unfortunately, most researchers have just postulated this collective identity without studying its content and contestation in detail. An analysis of the speeches given at the annual Munich Security Conference, often dubbed the “transatlantic family meeting”, since September 11, 2001, reveals that the representatives of NATO member states often voice quite different understandings of their collective identity. While there is still a lot of agreement among the speakers, the debates also reflect a heterogeneous “identity terrain”, shaped by diverging conceptions of constitutive norms, different interpretations of NATO’s purpose, various interpretations of its relationship with other actors, and diverse cognitive models concerning diplomacy and the use of force.


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Oct 062014

Transworld Paper No. 38 by Anne-Marie Le Gloannec and Manuel Muniz The transatlantic security relationship is built on strong and enduring shared values. Americans and Europeans share, on the whole, similar perceptions about the nature of power, the norms that should guide relations among states, as well as a desire to promote democracy and basic [...]

Jun 052014

Transworld Paper No. 29 by Philip Everts, Pierangelo Isernia and Francesco Olmastroni The paper compares the attitudes and preferences of American and European public opinion along four major dimensions of international security: threat perceptions, sense of community, support for Atlantic partnership and institutions, and orientation toward the use of military force. After a retrospective overview of [...]

Oct 182013

Transworld Paper No. 27 by Tomáš Weiss This paper analyzes the European Union’s adjustment to the current international security environment. It focuses on the selected issues of terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cyber-security, and failed states. Moreover, it addresses the EU’s engagement of emerging powers, as well as the tools and practices used [...]