Atlanticism

Declaration of Atlantic Unity, 1954

Tiziana Stella, A concentric & unipolar institutional world-The role of the Atlantic System

Carl Hodge, Atlanticism for a New Century: The Rise, Triumph, and decline of NATO, June 2004 Pearson

Charles A. Kupchan, Reviving the West: For an Atlantic Union, Foreign Affairs, May/June 1996

The West has triumphed over its adversaries, but all is not well in the realm. Its voters are unhappy, its politics adrift. Now is not the time to pursue ambitious plans that would simultaneously deepen and broaden existing institutions. The West must lock in and eventually extend the greatest achievement of the past century: the creation of a community of democratic states among which war is unthinkable. The mechanism would be a transatlantic union committed to a single market and collective security ....

Frank Munk, Atlantic Dilemma: Partnership or Community? 1963

The bridge builders and The bridge crossers (...) As to goals, some proponents of the Atlantic community are perfectly satisfied with keeping it nothing more than a community of values, of philosophies, of outlook on life. These are the minimalists. Others call for the immediate establishment of an Atlantic Federal Union. They are the maximalists. In between the two, proponents of Atlantic unity range themselves along a continuum, with any number of intermediate positions such as confederation, delegation of limited powers and competencies, cooperation, consultation, more communications, etc. All of these are solutions along a vertical scale of division of power running from a central focus to component decentralized units. Some will make a distinction between ultimate and intermediate goals. They believe that an international community may have to go, in an ascending order, through many stages, from the least formal and loosest to the most highly structured and integrated. This is a debate familiar to all those who follow the discussions on European political organization, and it is usually linked to the degree and nature of supranationality. The problems it must deal with are those of quasi-executive and quasi-legislative organs able to make decisions by majority vote, the delimitation of their fields of jurisdiction, the attributes of the supranational bureaucracies or technocracies. Essentially, all of these are problems of distribution of sovereignty and delegation of powers .... (Read More)


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