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AFP notes4.10 - Kupchan, Charles: The Travails of Union:...

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Kupchan, Charles: The Travails of Union: The American Experience and its Implications for Europe People think that the EU is weak because it is basically only economic now and countries are slow to unite. However, the USA had setbacks too in becoming a strong federation. “A strong Europe is a critical step toward rebuilding a strong Atlantic community.” Only until 20 th century did USA have strong federal govt. and natl. identity (because of sovereignty, political differences, regional identity, ideological differences, etc.); Europe is going through a similar process of constructing political union. “The long decades of incremental union [of the USA] were step-by-step changing the face of global politics.” Problems of European integration: language, rivaling nations, strong natl. identity. EU has bigger pop. than USA, bigger market, single currency and less bloodshed in integration. They have lack of defense unity, but humongous capability: expected. Geopolitical consequences: soon ability to fight regional war; obviate need for US protection—more EU influence in Eurasia. Their power is shown by disagreeing on Iraq
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course POLS W3631 taught by Professor Parent during the Spring '08 term at Columbia.

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AFP notes4.10 - Kupchan, Charles: The Travails of Union:...

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