America and Europe Adrift
Transatlantic Relations after the Cold War
by Sotiris Rizas
January 2022, 229pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

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Although the United States remained a central factor in European affairs after the end of the Cold War, the transatlantic relationship was increasingly mired by divergences in viewpoints and conflict between the U.S. and major European Union powers, most notably over the Iraq War.

This book provides a comprehensive review of the transatlantic relationship between the United States and Europe, from the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall to the Trump administration. It highlights the primary factors that test the U.S-Europe relationship.

America and Europe Adrift highlights the background of the German unification and the reaffirmation of NATO as the framework of U.S. presence in Europe after the end of the Cold War; the NATO enlargement; the Transatlantic Rift in the context of the Iraq War; the economic aspects of transatlantic relations, specifically the rise of Germany’s weight in international affairs as a result of the European Monetary Union; and the gradual retrenchment of U.S. power. It focuses on the enduring factors that threaten the transatlantic relationship during the 21st century while also suggesting how that relationship will likely survive: through the United States’ continued provision of indispensable security to the rest of the Western world.

This book is an essential resource for students of transatlantic relations; graduates in international politics and international history, security studies, and strategic studies; and foreign policy practitioners.


  • Specifies the issues that marked transatlantic relations from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the Trump administration
  • Highlights the conflicts between the Allies over NATO enlargement, the Yugoslav wars, and the second Iraq War in particular
  • Emphasizes the economic aspects of transatlantic relations, specifically the rise of Germany's weight as a result of the European Monetary Union
  • Reviews the discontinuities in U.S. strategy with the advent of the Trump administration
  • Suggests that despite divergent views and interests between the United States and Europe, the transatlantic relationship will survive because the U.S. is indispensable in providing security to the Western world
Sotiris Rizas, PhD, is director of research at the Academy of Athens Modern Greek History Research Center in Greece. He is the author of The Rise of the Left in Southern Europe: Anglo-American Responses, The End of Middle Class Politics?, and Realism and Human Rights in United States Policy toward Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus, as well as articles in Cold War History, Contemporary European History, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Mediterranean Quarterly, and The Fletcher Forum of World Politics. He was a visiting research associate at King's College, London, and Stanley Seeger Visiting Fellow at the Hellenic Studies Program, Princeton University.

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