Burden sharing is a traditionally contentious issue in Euro-Atlantic relations. The origin of the problem dates back to the same origin of the Atlantic Alliance and quarrels on “who have to pay for what” have systematically emerged in times of crisis. During his campaign, Donald Trump played heavily on the issue, and after the election repeatedly reiterated his will to “make Europe pay” for US military assistance. Trump’s abrasive rhetoric has raised concerns among European elites, especially in the central-eastern part of the continent, were fears of Russian expansionism are widespread. However, Trump’s rhetoric is nothing new. Obama too, in many occasions, waved the flag of burden sharing, the last time during NATO Warsaw summit in July 2016. Just like Obama and his predecessors, Trump will have to modulate his attitude according to the international context. In this perspective, his ability to re-establish better relations with Russia will be pivotal in shaping his posture towards the European allies. Currently, many important issues still divide Moscow from Washington, ranging from Ukraine to Syria, Libya and nuclear proliferation. Moreover, the Congress will probably closely scrutinize the action of the (supposedly) pro-Russia President. All these elements conjure in making détente a long-term aim. In the meantime, the fear of US disengagement could provide new fuel to Europe’s efforts to put its defence and security policy on a sounder basis.

Pastori, G., Dividere il fardello: Stati Uniti ed Europa da Barack Obama a Donald Trump, <<QUADERNI DEL DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE POLITICHE>>, 2017; 2017 (12): 37-57 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/98744]

Dividere il fardello: Stati Uniti ed Europa da Barack Obama a Donald Trump

Pastori, Gianluca
2017

Abstract

Burden sharing is a traditionally contentious issue in Euro-Atlantic relations. The origin of the problem dates back to the same origin of the Atlantic Alliance and quarrels on “who have to pay for what” have systematically emerged in times of crisis. During his campaign, Donald Trump played heavily on the issue, and after the election repeatedly reiterated his will to “make Europe pay” for US military assistance. Trump’s abrasive rhetoric has raised concerns among European elites, especially in the central-eastern part of the continent, were fears of Russian expansionism are widespread. However, Trump’s rhetoric is nothing new. Obama too, in many occasions, waved the flag of burden sharing, the last time during NATO Warsaw summit in July 2016. Just like Obama and his predecessors, Trump will have to modulate his attitude according to the international context. In this perspective, his ability to re-establish better relations with Russia will be pivotal in shaping his posture towards the European allies. Currently, many important issues still divide Moscow from Washington, ranging from Ukraine to Syria, Libya and nuclear proliferation. Moreover, the Congress will probably closely scrutinize the action of the (supposedly) pro-Russia President. All these elements conjure in making détente a long-term aim. In the meantime, the fear of US disengagement could provide new fuel to Europe’s efforts to put its defence and security policy on a sounder basis.
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Fascicolo monografico a cura di M. de Leonardis, "Effetto Trump? Gli Stati Uniti nel sistema internazionale fra continuità e mutamento", ISBN: 978-88-9335-187-4
Pastori, G., Dividere il fardello: Stati Uniti ed Europa da Barack Obama a Donald Trump, <<QUADERNI DEL DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE POLITICHE>>, 2017; 2017 (12): 37-57 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/98744]
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