The Tasks Ahead

Listen to any European or American leader talk about the transatlantic relationship these days and you will hear a handful of common refrains. Major policy addresses of this kind often start with the recognition that the world has changed. Europe and the United States face unprecedented challenges on the world stage, ranging from asymmetric warfare to non-state actors to the diffusion of technology to the return of great power politics. The speaker then reassures the audience by noting that, contrary to those arguing that the West is in decline, Europe and the US come at these challenges from a position of strength. It has been the West, after all, that spent the last sixty years establishing the world order, and it is the West that has the ability to maintain and further develop the international order according to its common values.

The original text of this article was published by Berlin Policy Journal on May 21, 2015. Continue reading here.

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Julianne Smith

Center for a New American Security

Julianne Smith is Senior Fellow and Director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program at the Center for a New American Security and a Senior Vice President at Beacon Global Strategies LLC. She is a member of AICGS' Board of Trustees.