Edward J. Salazar
US “Core” Interests in Europe and Central Europe at Risk? by Edward J. Salazar, PhD
This essay reviews both the historical context of US core interests in Europe — and Central Europe as a consequence — during the Cold War and post-Cold War periods, as well as competing US political traditions that influence foreign policy decision-making in today’s White House. The cross-section of the two raises questions about the unshakable nature of those core interests, particularly as their sustainability is tied directly to the resilience and continuity of the prevailing postwar world order. While this paper does not include specific recommendations, it does touch on vulnerabilities that could put US core interests at risk.
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