Political Science | US-Western European Relations
Y401 | 6067 | Vurusic


The debate about the political and cultural relations between the
United States and Western Europe has recently gained a new intensity
fueled by the U.S. and European behavior in the Iraqi crisis. This
debate is hardly a product of recent times, but rather has a
fascinating history. Understanding this history will enable us to
understand the current debate in all its complexities.

Throughout the course we will encounter the complex history of
European anti-Americanism as one facet of European reactions to
American engagement and investments on their continent. With the end
of the Cold War the question of rebalancing the relationship acquired
new urgency. European complaints about American "unilateralism" and
American misgivings over Europe's ambitions in the realm of foreign
policy increased over the past couple of years as the process of
European integration grew in intensity. Thus we will explore the
currently hotly-debated question of a "transatlantic community of
values" and the need to share the costs of military engagements more
equitably. While the focus will be on American plans and European
reactions, this course will examine the intentions and perceptions of
each side.

The students will be evaluated on the basis of (1) class
participation; (2) two or three short papers (5-7 pages each); and
(3) a midterm and a final exam.