Transatlantic Security Cooperation: Counter Terrorism in by Wyn Rees

By Wyn Rees

An incisive new analysis of transatlantic safeguard cooperation, probing the roots in addition to the long run instructions of this key courting in global affairs. because the Nineteen Nineties, this cooperation has accelerated from conventional army safeguard matters into countering terrorism, overseas prepared crime and drug trafficking. This has injected new impetus into transatlantic family members to interact on issues comparable to intelligence sharing and legislations enforcement. The occasions of September eleventh 2001 have pressured those new styles of cooperation to the vanguard of transatlantic relations.While development has been made, constructing this region of cooperation has been tougher than anticipated and this ebook examines the explanations why. the writer argues that some of the problems are because of various ways on each side of the Atlantic and the absence of a committed transatlantic safeguard discussion board within which those concerns will be pursued. in addition, ecu international locations were preoccupied with the development of the ecu Union and feature been either reluctant and not able to go into into designated styles of cooperation with the united states.

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Negotiation has characterised the process by which the US and Europe establish their own pattern of cooperation, but there is a reluctance on their part to unpick those agreements in order to make them more acceptable to other states. A hegemonic power like the US sees its interests as being served by establishing cooperation with its European allies before pursuing its universality. The US has the most to gain by fostering cooperation that embodies American priorities. This can be achieved most efficiently by adapting the pre-existing military security regime that the US has constructed with its most-like-minded allies, the Europeans, before adapting that to encapsulate counter-terrorism cooperation with the rest of the world.

It is likely that whilst the Constitution itself will be shelved, many of the internal security provisions in the Treaty will be enacted through other channels. By the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the EU was really only on the threshold of becoming a meaningful internal security actor with a capacity to combat international terrorism. The fact that many member states had not ratified some of the basic international conventions against terrorism was illustrative of the limited progress that had been achieved.

With these issues raising concerns that impinged on the interests of Europe and the US, it required little justification to ‘spillover’ cooperation from hard, military security concerns into new security areas. The two sides of the Atlantic could build upon their shared norms and values and apply these to the task of cooperating against a range of new issues. The long-established military security cooperation provided the infrastructure for this development. Regimes are hard to create. They comprise complex and interlinked patterns of relationships and hence take long periods of time to develop.

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