4 May 2010


Robin Niblett

Dr Robin Niblett CMG

Director, Chatham House


This chapter, taken from the book America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership, seeks to explain the changes that are under way in the relationship between the United States and its European allies.

The chapter begins by reviewing the state of the transatlantic relationship that President Obama inherited in January 2009. It then explores two important facets to the transatlantic relationship: The first reflects important differences in geopolitical interests and priorities and points to the limits of future transatlantic cooperation in the security realm. The second, however, offers some likely avenues for retaining a meaningful transatlantic relationship that reflects common interests and approaches to dealing with the growing roster of global challenges, from proliferation to international financial stability.