This book explores the tension between American desires for Europeans to share more of the defense burden without having to give up its leadership role and the European desires for greater defense autonomy without having to devote more resources toward military capabilities. It addresses the inadequacies of systemic international relations theories in explaining why the US supported a potentially competitive system with NATO. In addition, the study focuses on variables at the domestic level.
Dr. Armitage is a specialist on the European Union at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He holds a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Theoretical Perspectives: The Links Between Domestic Actors, Foreign Policymaking, and International Relations; 2 Case One: The US and the European Defense Community; 3 Case Two: The US and European Security and Defense Policy; 4 Theoretical Considerations for Case One (US-EDC); 5 Theoretical Considerations for Case Two (US-ESDP); 6 Conclusion; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Index.