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A workshop on pulling the threads together was held in Istanbul on 9-10 June 2014 at Sabanci University. The workshop was organized by Meltem Muftuler-Bac, the work package leader at Sabanci University.

WP6 activities consist of research that focused on the main dynamics in ‘governance’ while also taking a deep look into both global and regional constellations of power in each of the four policy areas.

As part of this programme, seven papers were presented and discussed at the workshop among the participants.

The workshop lasted two days with intense discussions on these papers, both by the individual discussants from Transworld partners as well as by the attendees to the workshop. In addition, Transworld partner University of Siena presented the Delphi methodology as well as the results of the elites survey conducted within the project.

The workshop was concluded with a consensus on the timetable for the final revision and delivery of the working papers.

 Posted by on June 11, 2014
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 the relevance of foreign and security policy issues to the public, a thorough review of the existing polling data shows that Europeans and Americans have a similar structure of belief along these four dimensions. They have comparable perceptions of threats, domestic priorities and comparable perceptions of friends and allies and a strong affinity for each other. Europeans and Americans agree upon the relative distribution of power in the world and on the relative importance of economic versus military strength. Most Europeans and Americans are internationalists and Atlanticists. They share a belief in both the necessity and effectiveness of multilateral, common action and international institutions. The only area on which the differences in views seem to be more stable is on the suitability and acceptability of the use of military force, with Europeans giving a higher priority to soft tools than Americans.

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