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The EU and the US

The EU and the US
Michael H. Smith

Introduction

This chapter explains the development of scholarly attention to the relationship between European foreign policy and the US, and identifies the key strands in the development not only of the relationship but also of its academic analysis. It does so by undertaking three linked enquiries. The first is into the development of the relationship and the ways in which, at key stages, it has generated distinct types of scholarly commentary and evaluation. The second is into the key debates that have taken place around the relationship and the continuity of those debates over what is now a sixty-year history. The third – derived from the first two ...

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