United States

The American “pivot” to Asia, a policy which was developed further in the course of 2012, has often been interpreted as an attempt by the US to redirect its assets and attention away from Europe, which is seen as an increasingly cumbersome partner, to where the future of the world will be decided – that is, in the emerging economies in general and Asia in particular. According to this narrative, the combination of Europe’s recession in 2012, the deep cuts in its defence budgets, the constant distraction of rescuing and revamping the eurozone, and the associated loss of soft power would make Europe an afterthought in America’s grand strategy. As a result, Europe would essentially lose clout with the US. [...]

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Trade Liberalisation and overall relationship - Grade: B-
Category Unity Resources Outcome Total Grade
26– Reciprocity on visa procedures with the US 2/5 2/5 3/10 7/20 C-
27 – Relations with the US on trade and investement 4/5 4/5 7/10 15/20 B+
28 – Relations with the US on standard and norms, consumer protection 4/5 3/5 6/10 13/20 B
29 – Relations with the US on the euro crisis 2/5 3/5 5/10 10/20 C+
30 - Relations with the US on counter-terrorism 3/5 3/6 6/10 12/20 B-

 

Cooperation on European Security Issues - Grade: B-
Category Unity Resources Outcome Total Grade
31 – Relations with the US on NATO, arms control and Russia 2/5 2/5 5/10 9/20 C+
32 – Relations with the US on the Balkans 2/5 4/5 5/10 11/20 B-
33 - Relations with the US on the Arab transition 4/5 4/5 6/10 14/20 B+

 

Cooperation on regional and global issues - Grade: B
Category Unity Resources Outcome Total Grade
34 – Relations with the US on the Middle East peace process 2/5 3/5 2/10 7/20 C-
35 – Relations with the US on the Syrian conflict 4/5 4/5 8/10 16/20 A-
36 – Relations with the US on Asia 3/5 2/5 7/10 12/20 B-
37 – Relations with the US on Iran and weapons proliferation 4/5 5/5 8/10 17/20 A-
38 – Relations with the US on climate change 5/5 4/5 4/10 13/20 B