The Transatlantic Partnership: In Search of A ‘New’ Liberal Order
January 2019 | Author: Effie Charalampaki
Transatlantic relations have been traditionally a tool for research in International Relations. Today, the role of the European Union (EU) in advancing international cooperation and multilateralism is paramount in creating a web of complex interdependence not only with its transatlantic partners on the other side of the Atlantic, but also with other actors and powers outside the transatlantic sphere in an effort to expand the interests, visions and ideals of the West inside a highly interconnected and interdependent world that operates ‘at the edge of chaos’. Are we experiencing the “end of Atlanticism” and if we are, how does this affect security and governance structures that have to tackle problems that influence the life of every single citizen on the planet? The transatlantic system must create this level of resilience and stability in its internal governance structures during times of internal and external shocks that allows for the transformation of threats to opportunities for multilateral regional and international cooperation and for the emergence of those multilevel governance structures in many policy areas that promote the non-militarized resolution of disputes globally with both transatlantic partners leading by example toward this direction. Drawing on theoretical propositions from J. Rosenau, this article argues that relationships inside and outside the transatlantic partnership are nonlinear because they are a challenge to control; there exists substantial “randomness” in behaviors and interactions and there are different “amplifiers” pertaining to different policy issues with an amplitude of inputs that do not equal the strength of outputs’ oscillation, knocking the whole system out of the equilibrium of initial conditions.
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