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Shoulder to Shoulder: Forging a Strategic U.S.-EU Partnership
Shoulder to Shoulder: Forging a Strategic U.S.-EU Partnership
By Daniel S. Hamilton and Frances G. Burwell
Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2010, 84 pp

Despite headlines to the contrary, the U.S.-European relationship remains the world's most important economic, strategic, and political partnership. Yet it is often taken for granted, and it is so firmly institutionalized that it is difficult to identify viable policy proposals for improving it. Based on a multinational collaboration among think tanks, this recipe book for those seeking to strengthen transatlantic relations contains a report (plus background papers) outlining a number of specific recommendations: a single transatlantic marketplace, shared planning for civilian intervention abroad, strengthened military and antiproliferation efforts, more effective development and humanitarian policies, and an initiative linking the North and South Atlantic regions, to name a few. Most valuable, the report includes a wealth of concrete proposals for realizing each goal. It is required reading for anyone engaged in U.S. or European foreign policy.