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Toward a New Transatlantic Pact

The end of the Cold War calls for redefining major countries' ranks and roles. That challenge is most painful for two nations--the United States and France. The two countries were the great beneficiaries of the geopolitical freeze of the Cold War, and both stand to lose the most after the thaw. The United States enjoyed an unchallenged status as leader of the Free World, while France benefited from a divided Germany and a strong Western alliance without incurring the full costs of Western discipline.

Yesterday's world was fundamentally structured around nuclear weapons, which also boosted

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