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In Osteuropa 2/2012

A Big This-As-Well-As-That
U.S. European Policy under Barack Obama

Daniel Hamilton

Deutsche Fassung


U.S. European policy under President Barack Obama is following essentially the same course set by previous administrations. Differences in individual points are motivated by a more diffuse global security situation on the one hand and by economic constraints at home on the other. This leads to calls for a more even distribution of burdens among alliance partners. Another innovation was the “reset” in relations with Russia. The impression that emerged in some Central European countries at the outset of Obama’s tenure – namely that the United States has “turned away from Europe” – is incorrect. At a number of levels, the United States is still trying to cooperate with Europe and to ensure the continent’s security.

(Osteuropa 2/2012, pp. 5–26)