America and Europe After 9/11 and Iraq


America and Europe After 9/11 and Iraq

The Great Divide, Revised and Updated Edition

Sarwar A. Kashmeri
Foreword by Theodore Roosevelt IV

176 pages


August 2008


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About the Book

American foreign policy toward Europe is merrily rolling along the path of least resistance in the belief that nothing is really amiss with the European-American relationship that multilateralism will not fix. Not true, contends Sarwar Kashmeri, who argues instead that the alliance is in intensive care, cannot be fixed, and must be renegotiated to accommodate Europe’s emergence as a major power. A kind of United States of Europe, with foreign priorities different from those of the United States, has arrived at America’s doorstep. But America still forges foreign policy for Europe using Cold War realities; both Democrats and Republicans expect the European Union to fall into step and report for service as needed—under American leadership.

Europe, however, has other plans, and as it becomes more powerful on the world stage, competing visions of European leadership have emerged. Kashmeri offers prescriptions for forging a new alliance based on a “special relationship” with the European Union. This agenda is inspired by those leaders who spoke to the author specifically for this book, among them former president George H. W. Bush, former British prime minister John Major, James A. Baker III, Wesley K. Clark, Brent Scowcroft, Paul Volcker, U.S. senator Chuck Hagel, and Caspar W. Weinberger. With a foreword by Theodore Roosevelt IV, the managing director of Lehman Brothers, a New York investment banking company.

Author Bio

Sarwar A. Kashmeri is a senior fellow in the International Security Program of the Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.; a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, New York; and is recognized on both sides of the Atlantic as an expert on U.S.-European relations. He is the author of America and Europe After 9/11 and Iraq: The Great Divide, Revised and Updated (Potomac Books, Inc., 2008).


“More than ever, the transatlantic alliance is key to the prosperity and security of the world, yet its health is being undermined by misguided voices of political division. Kashmeri warns against further disengagement and makes a compelling case for rebuilding the relationship based on new global rules that are tailored to the challenges of the 21st century.”—James F. Hoge, Jr., editor, Foreign Affairs magazine

“Kashmeri takes a hard, fresh look at the state of our troubled alliance with Europe. More important, he has cogent proposals for how to get out of our current mess. This is a must read.”—Tom Twetten, retired deputy director for operations, CIA

“Opinion research data only reinforces what Sarwar Kashmeri meticulously documents in this important book: the Euro-American rift is real, deep, and will take years to heal. . . . The author offers a credible and necessary roadmap for building a new spirit of cooperation. This is a must read for both the policy wonk and the average concerned citizen.”—John Zogby, president and CEO, Zogby International

“Sarwar Kashmeri takes head on the difficult issues that challenge the foundations of the transatlantic relationship. Consulting the best minds, he offers policy recommendations that should be weighed by policy makers and the general public alike. Kashmeri’s excellent treatment of current transatlantic relations is must reading.”—Noel V. Lateef, president and CEO, Foreign Policy Association


"Kashmeri, a fellow at the bipartisan Foreign Policy Association, strongly argues for the necessity of revitalizing the U.S.–European Union political and strategic relationship to match their continuing economic relationship. His central argument is that the actions of neoconservatives, and in particular the George W. Bush administration, have through both hubris and ineptitude done great harm—though at this point not irreparable damage—to this relationship. . . . Recommended. All readership levels."—Choice

"Much ink has been spilt regarding the differences between Europe and the United States over the Iraq War and Kashmeri, like many others, sees the split as having roots in the changing transatlantic relationship. Basing part of his analysis on interviews with such figures as George H. W. Bush, Gen. Wesley Clark, former UK Prime Minister John Major, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, and former Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio, he argues that the Atlantic alliance has grown rotten and that the U.S. needs a fresh approach that moves away from the tilt toward Britain and instead forges a “special relationship” with Europe as a whole and promotes multilateralism."—Reference & Research Book News

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