I am currently organizing a panel for the annual conference of the Transatlantic Studies Association (TSA) in Durham, U.K., 12-15 July, and am looking for two more panelists for the following panel.
"The Cowboy and the Atlantic: The Bush Years and ESDP"
The aim of the panel is to analyze the tenure of the George W. Bush administration (2001- 2009) by evaluating the impact it had on the development of Europe’s foreign and security policy (ESDP). Some pundits of transatlantic security affairs have asserted that the unilateral foreign policy of the United States (or what is commonly referred to as the ‘Bush doctrine’) was 'good policy' for Europe in the sense that it sped up the process of integration in the areas of foreign and defence policy and implemented far-reaching institutional changes. Specifically, the EU successfully deployed its own forces outside of Europe – at times separated from NATO -, it reformed its institutional structures that govern ESDP, and it reformed its decision-making mechanisms. In short, it has consolidated its integrationist efforts in the domain of traditional "high politics" - that is foreign, security, and defence policy. However, in spite of such activism, questions remain: Did the Bush doctrine really have a ‘positive’ effect on ESDP (or vice versa)? And if so, in which particular areas and with what effect(s)? What implications, if any, did this have for the transatlantic alliance conceptualized as a community of like-mided states? And, did this close the rift between NATO and the EU?
Centre for International Relations
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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