The End of Transatlanticism? EU Security and Defence Policies and the ‘Strategic Autonomy’ Debate from a Historical and Contemporary Perspective

  title={The End of Transatlanticism? EU Security and Defence Policies and the ‘Strategic Autonomy’ Debate from a Historical and Contemporary Perspective},
  author={Moritz A Pieper and Martijn Lak},
This article examines whether calls for European ‘strategic autonomy’ in response to Trump’s rhetoric are qualitatively different from earlier disagreements in US-EU relations. By doing so, it re-assesses Geir Lundestad’s concept of “Empire by Invitation” to illustrate constraints for the development of such an autonomy especially in defence affairs. We argue that the US’s involvement in European defence affairs was never an invitation to ‘empire’, as the invitational aspect was based on… 

European defence policy at a crossroads – Germany preserving the status quo and France seeking change?

  • M. Huntley
  • Political Science
    European Politics and Society
  • 2020
ABSTRACT The combination of an increasingly assertive Russia with growing uncertainty over long-term US commitment to Europe's security has resulted in calls for new efforts to be made in European



European strategic autonomy: actors, issues, conflicts of interests

Europe is increasingly required to assume greater responsibility for its own well-being and security. The debate about strengthening Europe’s ability to exert influence and act on its interests

EU–NATO cooperation: the key to Europe’s security future

  • J. Howorth
  • Political Science
    EU–NATO Relations
  • 2020
ABSTRACT The re-launch of the EU’s security and defence project in the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump has focused the spotlight on the relationship between NATO and the EU. This

Transatlantic security relations since the European security strategy: what role for the EU in its pursuit of strategic autonomy?

  • Michael Smith
  • Political Science, Computer Science
    Transatlantic Relations in Times of Uncertainty
  • 2020
Evaluating the recent record of, and prospects for, EU-US security collaboration regarding various problems mentioned as strategic priorities in the ESS, EUGS, and related documents finds the EU is also increasingly willing to forge its own path in this realm and possibly diverge with US priorities.

The EU, NATO and the Quest for European Autonomy

Our title, Defending Europe, was chosen because its double meaning reflects the central themes of this book. All of the chapters that follow deal with issues related to the profound transformation of

European foreign policy :from rhetoric to reality?

There is agreement in political and academic circles that the European Union needs a common foreign and security policy (CFSP). The question is how to move from recognised necessity to practical

The Common Security and Defence Policy as an act of American hegemony

Abstract This article argues that rather than being an emancipatory step for the EU, the Common Security and Defence Policy in its current format represents a continuation of US strategic hegemony.

Trump, American hegemony and the future of the liberal international order

International Affairs 94: 1 (2018) 133–150; doi: 10.1093/ia/iix238 © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Royal Institute of International Affairs. All rights

Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order

European leaders, increasingly disturbed by U.S. policy and actions abroad, feel they are headed for a moment of truth. After years of mutual resentment and tension, there is a sudden recognition

The foreign policy of the European Union

While there is certainly no lack of topical academic literature, most competing titles would fall short either on the level of theoretical or empirical information on European Union (EU) foreign

NATO: The United States, Transformation and the War in Afghanistan

NATO remains important to Bush's successor but on terms which are as demanding as those of his predecessors, and the safest assumption in this regard is that Obama will continue to favour the trend towards a global NATO pursued by the Bush administration, however, retreat (or defeat) in Afghanistan could hasten a contrary Trend towards a consolidating NATO with a renewed concentration on the wider Europe.