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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Summer 2004

GOV f360N • United States and Europe - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
85358 MTWThF
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
BUR 134

Course Description

Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. The subject of this course is relations between the United States and Europe at an historic watershed. The multiple, and often unprecedented challenges created by the radically new post-Cold War conditions have formed a daunting diplomatic agenda. They are now complicated by repercussions fromt he war on terrorism and the Iraq affair. The European Union's ambitious architectonic project, laid down in the Maastricht Treaty, is coincidental with NATO's enlargement and role and the United States unilateralist disposition. Together, they are reshaping Europe's political landscape and the Atlantacist world. Partners in building and open, democratic world system, governments on the two sides of the Atlantic are at odds over a host of issues on dealing with the potential threat of unconventional weapons, on trade rules, operationalizing the principle of collective security, and giving practical meaning to the principle of multilateralism.

From both the American and diverse European perspectives, the course will examine (a) the shifting terms of cooperation/rivalry between the United States and much of Western Europe; (b) the interplay between the process of EU construction and the reworking of the Atlantic collaboration; (c) topical disputes over Iraq, the International Criminal Court, the Rio treaty on global warming, and sundry commerical issues; and (d) differeing startegies for contending with the forces of globalization which impact most items of the Euro-American agenda.


Calleo, David. Rethinking Europe's Future. New York: Century Foundation, 2002. (paper) Hassner, Pierre. The United States: The Empire of Force or the Force of the Empire, Chaillot paper no. 54 (Paris: Institute for Security Studies, September 2002) Kagan, Robert. Of Paradise and Power; America and Europe in the New World Order. New York: Knopf, 2002. Course Packet


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