Tuesday, April 3, 2012

European Unification: American Brain Child or European Dream

Muqarrab Akbar*
Ishtiaq A. Choudhry**

Berkeley Journal of Social Sciences
Vol. 1, No. 2, Feb 2011

"The European Union is a vital economic partner and political lieutenant of United States of America. Washington established links with Europeans in mid 1940s by injecting new life in war torn Europe with massive economic investment and aid. The relationships between the two continents have substantially evolved over the past four decades. Today’s partnership reflects the increasing importance and growing potential of the American and European friendship. In fact United States did not only support the economically devastated Europe but also struggled hard for European unity. This paper is intended to provide a comprehensive account and analysis of the American efforts and her contribution in European integration.
The study will elaborate whether European Union was a purely European dream or American brainchild or a result of combined efforts by transatlantic forces. Washington played pivotal role in the evolution, development and strengthening of a single European Political Complex through transatlantic co-operation. American unvarying efforts to unite post 2nd World War economically torn European will discover her role in the integration process of Europe..."

Source: http://berkeleyjournalofsocialsciences.com/Feb%203.pdf

* Lecturer, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Bahaudddin Zakariya Univeristy,
** Quaid-e-Azam Professor, Centre for South Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

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