US-European Relations Since World War II (in English)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Course Description

  • Course Name

    US-European Relations Since World War II (in English)

  • Host University

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, International Relations, International Studies, Multicultural Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will provide students with the theoretical framework necessary to help them think critically about transatlantic relations at many different, yet inter-related levels: political, military, security, cultural, and economic. The first part of the course focuses on the historical context of this important relationship. Special emphasis will be placed on US-Spain relations. The second part of the class will examine the institutions related to the transatlantic agenda: political, security and economic. The third part of the class will focus on cultural issues, including public opinion and anti-Americanism. The last part of the class will look at the future of the transatlantic relationship.

    1. Attendance and participation: Students are expected to attend all classes according to the UPO?s attendance policy. If there is justifiable excuse for missing class, this information must be provided to the proper authorities as required. Active participation in class discussions is required.
    2. Timely Arrival: Students should plan to arrive to class on time. If the door is closed, please do not enter the classroom. Late arrivals count as absences according to the UPO´s policy.
    3. Readings: Students are expected to complete all required readings before coming to class.
    4. Midterm and Final Exams: This will be taken in class, essay question style.
    5. Essay and presentation: Students will select a contemporary topic of interest to write a 10 page double-spaced typed paper related to the transatlantic dialogue. The topic is due for approval by the fourth week of the class. The essay topic will outline the US and ?European? perspectives on a current events topic. This essay will provide the basis for a class presentation of about 10 minutes. You should provide an oral summary of your work rather than a recitation of the written paper. We will schedule the exact date for the presentations at the beginning of the semester.
    6. Academic Honesty: Students are expected to act in accordance with the University?s standards of conduct concerning plagiarism and academic dishonesty.
    7. Newspapers/Magazines: All students should read a daily newspaper, preferably one in Spanish if possible and one from the United States. It is highly suggested that everyone begin to read THE ECONOMIST on a weekly basis. Copies of THE ECONOMIST may be found in the Centro de Estudios para Extranjeros office at the UPO. Here are some links which might be useful:;;;;;;

    Grade Distribution
    Active Participation: 20 %
    Midterm Exam: 25 %
    Essay and Presentation: 25 %
    Final Exam: 30 %

    Class Website
    All the required readings are available on a CD and should be on the UPO?s webCT. You may download and print out the readings if necessary at the photocopy store on campus. Please try to think green!!!! Additional readings and links will be added throughout the semester to keep the information as up to date as possible.

    Some Relevant Links and Research Institutions on Transatlantic Relations
    -Council On Foreign Relations:
    -Centre for European Reform:
    -Center for Strategic and International Studies:
    -The EU in the US:
    -The EU Commission?s site for External Relations: and
    -Foreign Affairs Journal:
    -United Nations:
    -The Brookings Institute:
    -US International Affairs:
    -European Political Science resources:
    -European Foreign Policy Unit at LSE:
    -Real Instituto Elcano:
    -(You can also sign up for their bulletins and newsletters produced in Spanish and English.) is a good link for Spanish political issues and foreign policy in English.
    -Spanish Safe Democracy Foundation:

    Bibliography: Required readings are indicated for each class. Additional handouts may be given out in class. Below are the complete references for the readings.
    -Gordon, Philip H., and Jeremy Shapiro. Allies at War: America, Europe, and the Crisis over Iraq. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004
    -Hook, Steven W. and John Spanier, American Foreign Policy Since World War II. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 16th edition, 2004.
    -Jentleson, Bruce W. (ed.), Perspectives on American Foreign Policy: Readings and Cases. NY: Norton, 2000.
    -Kagan, Robert, Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order. NY: Vintage, 2004.
    -Lieber, Robert J. (ed.), Eagle Rules Foreign Policy and American Primacy in the 21st Century. NY: Prentice-Hall and Woodrow Wilson Center, 2002.
    -Lindberg, Tod (ed.) Beyond Paradise & Power: Europe, America and the Future of a Troubled Partnership. NY: Routledge, 2005.
    -Pastor, Robert (ed.) A Century's Journey: How the Great Powers Shape the World. NY: Basic Books, 2000.
    -Sloan Stanley R., NATO, the European Union and the Atlantic Community. MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.

    -Course Introduction-
    NOTE: If you need a review on post WWII history, actors, and events, please read Stephen E. Ambrose, Rise to Globalism, 8th edition, NY: Penguin Books, 1997. A copy is available in the UPO library.

    -Origins of the Transatlantic Relationship-
    -Hook & Spanier, xiii-xvi, 1-23; Appendix I: U.S. Administrations since WW II; Appendix II Chronology of Events, 378?393
    -Sloan, Appendix B (Atlantic Community Chronology: 1941-2004)
    -In class: DVD: 45/85: AMERICA AND THE WORLD, Volume I Documentary produced in 1985 (Ted Koppel and Peter Jennings)

    -Evolution of the Transatlantic Relationship-
    -Gordon and Shapiro, Chapter 1 and 2 Pastor, Chapter 6
    -In class: DVD: 45/85: AMERICA AND THE WORLD, Volume II and III Documentary produced in 1985 (Ted Koppel and Peter Jennings)

    -US-Spanish Relations: Then and Now-
    -William Chislett, ?Spain and the US: The Quest for Mutual Rediscovery.? Published by the Real Instituto Elcano (October 2005)
    -William Chislett, ?Spain and the US: Close, Yet so Far.? Published by the Real Instituto Elcano (September 2006)
    -In class: DVD: Segments of Bienvendio Mr.Marshall (1953) by Jose Luis Berlanger

    -Problems in U.S.-European Relations-
    -Layne, ?America as European Hegemon,? American Foreign Policy, 46-53
    -Kagan, ?Power and Weakness,? in Foreign Affairs, America and the World
    -Makins, Christopher J. ?Power and Weakness? or Challenge and Response? Reflections on the Kagan Thesis,? 16 February 2004
    -Lieber, Chapter 4
    -Sloane, Chapter 5
    -Anne Applebaum, ??Old Europe? versus ?New Europe,?? Lindberg, 25-37
    -In class simulation: Prisoners? Dilemma

    -NATO and European Security Institutions-
    -Sloan, 3-11, 181-211
    -Brimmer, ?Seeing Blue: American visions of the Europeans?, pp. 5-55, Challiot paper 105, September 2007. ?Transatlantic Transformation: Building a NATO-EU Security Architecture, ?edited by Atlantic Council, March 2006
    -NATO charts and maps included in CD

    -US-EU Relations-
    -The Economist, ?Fit at 50? A Special Report on the European Union,? March 17, 2007
    NOTE: Review Sloan Appendix B for key historical events.


    -US-European Economic Relations-
    -Quinlan, ?Drifting Apart or Growing Together? The Primacy of the Transatlantic
    Economy?, 2003, Johns Hopkins University
    -?Transatlantic Leadership for a new Global Economy,? edited by the Atlantic Council, April 2007

    -Out of Area Issues: Russia-
    -US Commission on Russia, ?The Right Direction for US Policy Towards Russia,? March 2009
    -Legvold, ?The Russia File?, Foreign Affairs, July/August 2009.

    -Out of Area Issues: Middle East-
    -Congressional Quarterly, ?US Policy in Iraq,? February 2007
    -Brookings Institute, ?Which Path towards Persia?? June 2009, Introduction, Chapters 1, 2, 9 and Conclusion

    -Out of Area Issues: Turkey-
    -Chislett, ?The EU?s Progress Report on Turkey?s Accession: Derailment or Shunted into a Siding??, Elcano Document, November 2006
    -Menon and Wimbush, ?Is the United States losing Turkey?? Hudson Institute, March 2007
    -Ruiz Jimenez, ?Tackling Turkey?s Image Problem in the EU,? Washington Institute, April 2008

    -Social and Cultural Relations-
    -Lamo de Espinosa, ?A Difference that Makes a Difference? The US and Europe on Values and Culture? 2007 (Elcano document)
    -Graphics on authority, culture, values, survival and wellbeing

    -Public Opinion and Anti-Americanism-
    -German Marshall Foundation, ?Transatlantic Trends 2008? Press release and summary
    -Timothy Garton Ash, ?The New Anti-Europeanism in America,? Lindberg, 121-133
    -The Economist, ?Anti-Americanism on the Rise,? January 2, 2003
    -The Economist, ?Against Anti-Europeanism,? April 26, 2007
    -?Will America´s Image ever Recover in Europe,? John Glenn, German Marshall Fund (2008)

    -Demography and Immigration-
    -?Talking of Immigrants,? The Economist, 1 June 2006
    -?Suddenly Old World Looks Younger,? The Economist 14 June 2007

    -Future of the Transatlantic Relationship-
    -Gordon & Shapiro, 185-221
    -Walter Russell Mead, ?American Endurance,? in Lindberg, 163-180
    -Tod Lindberg, ?The Atlanticist Community,? in Lindberg, 215-235
    -Joseph Nye, ?Leadership and American Foreign Policy,? conference comments
    CSCS/Elcano, May 2008
    -Charles Kupcan, ?The End of the West,? The Atlantic

    -Final exam week: Date to be announced-

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