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The United States and the European Community, 1969-1974: an uneasy partnership

Thi Thuy Hang Nguyen ()
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Thi Thuy Hang Nguyen: RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2016, vol. 7(1), 169-184

Abstract: The relations between the United States and the European Community under the Nixon Administration (1969-1974) were considerably changing. Post-1945 cooperation and dependence increasingly gave way to economic competition and division in military and foreign policies. Yet, the United States and the European Community knew that they were strategically important to each other, thus they had to continue cooperation and coordination to defend and advance their economic and strategic interests. With a documentary research approach, this paper aims to examine how the United States and the European Community their partnership evolved between 1969 and 1974. It explores the ties that the Nixon Administration designed to bind the European Community and the European Community’s responses. It also puts forth that despite their efforts to continue cooperation; the relations between the United States and the European Community were on a downward course. It will be concluded that the United States and the European Community experienced a difficult time in their relations between 1969 and 1974, but both sides showed certain efforts to maintain the partnership.

Keywords: The United States; the European Community; the Nixon Administration; European integration; NATO; Atlantic alliance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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