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Uncertain Allies: Nixon, Kissinger, and the Threat of a United Europe

Klaus Larres


The United States has long been conflicted between promoting a united Western Europe in order to strengthen its defense of the West, and fearing that a more united Western Europe might not submit to American political and economic leadership. The era of wholehearted support for European unity was limited to the immediate postwar era. The stances of the past three US presidents—Bush's unilateralism, Obama's insistence on “leading from behind” and Trump's overt hostility toward the European Union—were prefigured by Washington's economic and geopolitical strategies of the 1960s and 1970s. Concent ... More

Keywords: United States, united Western Europe, European unity, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, transatlantic relations, Nixon administration

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300173192
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300173192.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Klaus Larres, author
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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