Relations with Europe have greatly influenced the United States since its inception. Americans have fought with and against Europeans, and following the end of WWII the U.S. government bound the nation to the countries of western Europe to deter Soviet aggression. But 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it is time for the United States to reevaluate the level and nature of its support to European nations, especially as it relates to their collective defense. The nations in Europe are among the wealthiest in the world and should be responsible for their own security. The United States should maintain good relations with Europe, promoting trade and stability. But, as the Founders advised, America should avoid becoming entangled in European affairs.

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Commentary

How Will the Growing U.S.-European Split Affect NATO?

By Ted Galen Carpenter. National Interest (Online). March 17, 2019.

The Battle for the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy Has Begun

By Ted Galen Carpenter. National Interest (Online). March 12, 2019.

Macron’s Vision of ‘the EU Project’ Goes Down Well in Brussels

By Ryan Bourne. UK Telegraph. March 8, 2019.

Cato Studies

The Lack of European Productivity Growth: Causes and Lessons for the United States

By Jesús Fernández-Villaverde and Lee Ohanian. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 141. December 5, 2018.

The Ideal U.S.-U.K. Free Trade Agreement: A Free Trader’s Perspective

By Daniel J. Ikenson, Simon Lester, and Daniel Hannan. White Paper. September 18, 2018.

The Nordic Glass Ceiling

By Nima Sanandaji. Policy Analysis No. 835. March 8, 2018.

Articles

Freedom under Assail

Tanja Porčnik. The Market for Ideas. No. 13. September 2018.

Lessons from Europe on Free Speech

Cato's Letter. Jacob Mchangama. Vol. 16. No. 3. Summer 2018.

Human Freedom Index: Freedom under Assail across the Globe

Tanja Porčnik. 4Liberty.eu. January 29, 2018.

Public Filings

Jankovic v. International Crisis Group

By Hashim M. Mooppan, Anthony J. Dick, Ilya Shapiro, & Gabriel Latner. Legal Briefs. May 11, 2015.

From Competition to Collaboration: Strengthening the U.S.-Russia Relationship

By Andrei Illarionov. Testimony. February 25, 2009.

The U.S. Role in Kosovo

By Doug Bandow. Testimony. March 10, 1999.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Events

Stalin’s Propaganda and Putin’s Information Wars

Featuring Stephen Kotkin. November 1, 2018. Joseph K. McLaughlin Lecture Series.

Sweden: Lessons for America?

Featuring Johan Norberg and Ian Vásquez. September 13, 2018. Policy Forum.

What Europe Can Teach the United States about Free Speech

Featuring Jacob Mchangama, Russell A. Miller, and John Samples. April 18, 2018. Policy Forum.

Speeches

Some Reflections on Bulgaria and the Way Forward

By Steve H. Hanke. July 15, 2013.