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Turbulence Across the Sea

Transatlantic Relations and Strategic Competition

Subjects: Political Science, International Relations, Political Theory
Paperback : 9780472057108, 288 pages, 4 figures, 8 tables, 6 x 9, November 2024
Hardcover : 9780472077106, 288 pages, 4 figures, 8 tables, 6 x 9, November 2024
Ebook : 9780472904709, 288 pages, 4 figures, 8 tables, 6 x 9, November 2024
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How power struggles are shifting security on both sides of the Atlantic

Table of contents

Preface by Sir Hew Strachan
Part One: Introduction
Chapter 1. Coping with Strategic Competition (Elie Baranets & Andrew Novo)
Part Two: Framing the Debate
Chapter 2. What’s New under the Sun? Evolving and Eternal Elements in Great Power Competition (Andrew Novo)
Chapter 3. Stuck in the Middle With You: A historical Perspective on NATO and Great-Power Competition (Carolyne Davidson)
Chapter 4. What Is Europe Caught in the Middle of? A Theoretical Look at the US-China Competition
Part Three: Major Actors
Chapter 5. Return of the “Honest Broker”? Examining Germany’s Potential as
Transatlantic Anchor Point in the Light of Strategic Competition (Benjamin Pommer)
Chapter 6. Coping with the Rise of Sino-American Rivalry: Why Macron Has not (Yet) Succeeded in Strengthening Strategic Autonomy (Samuel B. H. Faure)
Chapter 7. Britain’s Strategic Dilemma (Thibaud Harrois)
Chapter 8. A Lamb in the Jungle? The EU and the Return of Power Politics (Delphine Deschaux-Dutard and Bastien Nivet)
Part Four: Key Sectors
Chapter 9. The Geoeconomic Dimensions of Chinese FDI in Europe (Peter Thompson)
Chapter 10. The European Defense Industry in an era of Great Power Competition: Why China’s rise is not (yet) a game-changer (Lucie Béraud-Sudreau & Samuel B.H. Faure)
Chapter 11. The Return of “Techno-Nationalism” and Its Implications for the Transatlantic Allies: The Case of Huawei 5G Networks and Canada (David G. Haglund & Dylan F. S. Spence)
Chapter 12. The Impact of the New Security Agenda on Transatlantic Intelligence Relations (Benjamin Oudet)
Part Five: Conclusion
Chapter 13. Conclusion (Elie Baranets & Andrew Novo)


Great Power competition is back. On the two sides of the Atlantic, however, this concept often means different things. While the United States is focused on China, Europe is preoccupied with Russia. Yet shifting American priorities toward Asia requires reconceptualizing the future role of NATO. In Europe, this shift has led to serious thought about how to achieve strategic autonomy that will allow Europe to guarantee its own security regardless of strategic choices made in Washington. As Chinese strategy focuses on dividing European actors and making them more economically dependent on Beijing, these developments may undermine Washington’s influence in Europe while limiting potential European action against Chinese interests.

With a mix of research methodologies applied by scholars from both sides of the Atlantic, Turbulence Across the Sea offers a comprehensive analysis of relations among European and North American actors in the context of strategic competition among the United States, Europe, Russia, and China. In doing so, it demonstrates that a reaffirmation of transatlantic cooperation is necessary to maintain security in the face of aggressive moves by both Russia and China. By analyzing attitudes from the perspective of both the various actors (Britain, France, Germany, and the European Union) and various sectors (intelligence cooperation, foreign direct investments, technology, and the defense industry), this book provides readers with a comprehensive perspective on the challenges and opportunities in the shifting landscape of security in the twenty-first century.

Elie Baranets is a Research Fellow in International Security at the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM).
Andrew R. Novo is Professor of Strategic Studies at The National Defense University.