Van Evera and Mearsheimer

Van Evera and Mearsheimer offer competing prognostications about the stability of Europe after the Cold War ends. Compare and contrast these views. Why is Mearsheimer more pessimistic than Van Evera? Why do they think that each other is wrong? What do you think history has shown? Did either of them get it right? Did they get it right for the right reasons?

Transatlantic Value Gap
Compare Kagan and Rathbun’s views of the state of transatlantic relations. How do they differ? Why do they differ? What is the source of Kagan’s pessimism, that is, why does he think that Europeans are so different? Is it ideological? Why does Rathbun think he is wrong? Rathbun’s piece was written in 2004. What has history shown? (Please feel no need to agree with Rathbun; this is not a requirement of this course).

Views on European integration
Compare Thatcher, Fischer and Schumann in terms of their vision for European integration? How do they compare? How do they differ? Why are some “anti-European” and others “pro-European”?  Or is that too crude a characterization? What is the end goal for European integration, that is, what should Europe be? How should they get there?



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In “Primed for Peace: Europe After the Cold War”, Stephen Van Evera discusses how the end of the Cold War will affect the probability of war in Europe and specifically notes the risks that will arise from the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from Eastern Europe and from  further transformation in the country. In addition, he addresses the United States and Western policies that would preserve peace in Europe. In “Why We Will Soon Miss the Cold War”, John J. Mearsheimer contemplates the possible scenarios in Europe that will result after the cold war...

Stability of Europe After the Cold War

Cheryl M., Essay Queen Staff - February 26, 2017