Winter 2001

Letter from the Publisher

Europe and the United States are often closer than their peoples believe. While the American drama of the Presidential election was unfolding in Florida, the political leaders of the 15 member countries of the European Union were engaged in theatrics at a summit meeting in Nice, looking for a way to articulate what they wanted to call, but not necessarily to be, "institutional reform."

One might legitimately wonder what Montesquieu and Tocqueville, our good old champions of "political enlightenment" and "democracy in America," would have concluded if they had been able to observe the interesting Millennium confusion celebrated simultaneously in the "temples of democracy" on both sides of the Atlantic. They probably would have thought that the pillars of the voting systems needed urgent consolidation to prevent them from crumbling further.


A Testing Time Ahead for U.S.-EU Relations

International Affairs Editor, Financial Times

The arrival of any new administration in Washington invariably means an uncomfortable learning period in Transatlantic relations. That is why many European observers thought that a victory for Vice President Al Gore in last November's election would have been preferable to one for George W. Bush.

From a foreign policy point of view, many international analysts could not see much difference between the two. But a Gore victory would at least have meant some kind of continuity, and the probability that a good number of top advisers from the Clinton administration would carry on with the new regime.


Bill Clinton's Legacy: Make Trade, Not War

Washington Correspondent, Le Monde

A president's legacy in foreign affairs traditionally comes down to how he reacted to international events or crises. How did he deal with the Soviet Union, Saddam Hussein, or Slobodan Milosevic? How did he react to a world economic crisis?

Sometimes, however, a president has the chance to take advantage of a new situation, such as the end of the Cold War, in order to give a new impetus and direction to the outside world, as Harry Truman did with the post-war Marshall Plan.


U.S. and Europe Must Work to Keep on Course

Managing Director and General Counsel, International Technology and Trade Associates

In the international environment of the 21st century, a U.S. leadership role remains essential. The United States must assume the responsibilities that arise from its unique combination of diplomatic, economic, and military strengths and interests.

U.S. leadership, adapted to new and complex global realities, is necessary to address current international challenges, and also to prepare for potentially serious threats to both its own interests and those of allies and friends.


The EU Means Business in Foreign Policy

European Commissioner for External Relations

Despite the doubts and criticisms of Euroskeptics, not only in my own country, Britain, the European Union has been an unparalleled success.

In international commerce, it negotiates with one voice, as the world's largest trading group. Internally it has created a single market that is the basis of Europe's economic recovery. It has established an economic and monetary union and a single currency, the euro.