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The United States and Western Europe after Iraq: crisis or transatlantic drift?

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A rift in the relationship between the United States and Western Europe has been growing since September 11, but how serious is this and are we really in crisis?

Professor Geir Lundestad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, will ask whether the transatlantic relationship is in crisis and look at the changes that have occurred since September 11, on Thursday 30 October at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

In the history of NATO, not a year went by without a 'crisis' apparently threatening the very foundations of the West, but each was overcome and the alliance moved forward. What we have witnessed over the past two years, culminating with the war in Iraq, is of an entirely different order. We have moved beyond mere crisis, and are now witnessing a more profound change that is causing serious drift between the United States and Western Europe.

Professor Geir Lundestad is director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo and secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 1990 and is also adjunct professor of international history at the University of Oslo. He has published widely, including The American Non-Policy Towards Eastern Europe 1943-1947, East, West, North, South. Major Developments in International Politics since 1945 and 'Empire' by Integration: the United States and European integration 1945-1997.

Professor Michael Cox, International Relations, LSE, will chair this event.

The United States and Western Europe after Iraq: crisis or transatlantic drift? is on Thursday 30 October at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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Notes:

This event is the first in a series of lectures organised by the International Relations Department at LSE. The series takes the theme The Transatlantic Relationship After September 11 - Crisis: what crisis? The series continues with:

  • After the 'death of Nato': from lapsed alliance to new partnership
    Speaker: Professor François Heisbourg.
    Monday 24 November, 6.30pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE 
  • America Adrift? Myths and Realities About the United States in the 'New' World Order
    Speaker: Professor Joe Grieco
    Thursday 4 December, 6.30pm, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

23 October 2003

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