Security Together: The Renewal of Transatlantic Alliance as a Global Force for Stability
The transatlantic cooperation has not become obsolete. Many argue that the West´s heyday has gone and that its influence will decrease to the benefit of the emerging countries. However, it is too early to write the West off. The United States remains the only actor capable of projecting power globally. Their command of the global commons that provide access to much of the globe is unlikely to be challenged in the foreseeable future.1 The European Union2 is integrated closer than ever before and it´s economic, civil, and even military influence stretches from Western Africa, through the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East, to Southeast Asia. Despite the undisputable shift of the international system eastward, the relative and absolute center of power remains in the transatlantic area. Uniting both coasts, NATO is the only international institution poised to harness that capability and project it globally. In order to do so, it should build on its achievements, leverage its advantages, and take important specific steps forward.