Policy Memos

Rejoining Europe?: The Socializing Power of European Institutions

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Recent months have witnessed a heated debate between the United States and its European allies over basic foreign policy strategies. Played out largely in discussions over the war on terror, headline stories have pictured a unilateralist United States versus an institutionalist Europe. The United States relies on its own (or allied) resources to obtain foreign policy objectives; international institutions like the United Nations (UN) are considered only as an afterthought. In contrast, Europe begins with and conceptualizes its foreign policy interests through institutions—most notably, the European Union (EU). [...]