European Defence Cooperation

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European Defence Cooperation

By Trevor Taylor
Routledge & Kegan Paul/Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1984
97 pp.
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An excellent companion to the book above, this short volume reviews all the considerations involved in, and proposals already made for, the growth of a greater European identity in defense within an overall alliance framework. Taylor is well aware of the real difficulties in organizing intra-European cooperation and the danger of encouraging an American withdrawal. But he sees opportunities for European consultation in such areas as nuclear weapons strategy, arms control policy, conventional force improvements and "out-of-area" activities. The various possible institutional arrangements are discussed. Some European cooperation already exists-more than many Americans are aware of-so that the real question is what further evolution is desirable.