On Monday, the Spanish think tank, the Alternatives Foundation, published – on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Defence – a report I authored last year on the strategic implications of the Atlantic Alliance’s New Strategic Concept for the European Union. The report introduces the role played by both the Atlantic Alliance and European integration since the end of the Second World War. It then conducts a genealogy of the key themes that animate the Atlantic Alliance’s New Strategic Concept, before asking whether the geopolitical changes underway in Asia might operate as a kind of ‘spanner in the works’. Finally, the report proposes a number of policy recommendations as to how the Atlantic Alliance and the European Union – especially the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy – might be better integrated, leading to a geopolitical division of labour between the United States and European Union in the twenty-first century, which will better contribute to keeping the West integrated and strong.
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