Throughout the course of the twentieth century, the United States has worked diligently to develop cohesive and functional relationship with Europe. Although this process has enabled the US and Europe to develop a strong relationship, the reality is that both the United States and Europe have developed and evolved along different and autonomous pathways. As such, while there is a high degree of cohesion that exists between the US and Europe, there are some notable differences that keep these two entities separated from one another. Thus, the differences are quite notable and important in understanding the development of both regions.With the realization that the United States and Europe share so much common ground and so many differences there is a clear impetus to examine the issues and history that bring the US and Europe together as well as the issues and history that divide these two regions. Utilizing this as a basis for research, this investigation considers what has served as the basis for cohesion between the US and Europe and what has served as the basis for separation and/or conflict. Through a careful consideration of what has been written about the history and development of both the Untied States and Europe, it will be possible to elucidate key issues that both foster and hinder the relationship between these two regions.
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[...] Finally, researchers examining the specific relations that have developed between the US and Europe in recent years note that while the European Union first supported the United States in its stance against terrorism, there has been notable dissention from European states with respect to the overall actions taken by the United States. Rees (2003) in his examination of the response of Europe in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks notes that while the EU clearly supports the US in its decision to eradicate the global threat of terrorism, the two regions have differing opinions about how this process should be accomplished: The United States and the Europeans differ over the way in which military and economic instruments should be used to influence the policies of alleged state sponsors of terrorism. [...]
[...] During the twentieth century, conceptualizations of East and West are what served as the basis for the actions that were taken in the Cold War. Today, the West represents a united front against the threat of international terrorism from the radical religious fundamentalists of the East. Examining the context of collective identity as defined by Eisenstadt, the true nature of the bond that exists between the US and Europe becomes more evident. Europe and the United States have developed along similar trajectories that have enabled them to embrace the same cultural dimensions. [...]
[...] For instance Kickbusch (2003) reports that in recent years, both the United States and Europe have worked collectively through the World Health Organization to deal with critical health issues that impact both the US and Europe as well as developing nations all across the world. Kickbusch argues that as more data and information are acquired, the importance of sustaining world health becomes more evident. In both the US and Europe the development and evolution of medical care have made it possible for these regions to take the lead in providing healthcare for the international community. [...]
[...] This has promulgated a rift between the US and Europe and has further set the stage for the terrorists to divide Western powers. Conclusion When the commonalities and conflicts between the United States and Europe are examined overall, it becomes clear that while Europe shares a common bond predicated upon mutual respect and a shared culture, this bond is currently being tested in a number of ways. As the United States continues to assert its primacy in an authoritarian manner, the European Union is finding new ways to distance itself from the US. [...]
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