Perceptions and Policy in Transatlantic Relations: by Natividad Fernández Sola, Michael Smith

By Natividad Fernández Sola, Michael Smith

In this publication, specialists from either side of the Atlantic, study the new tensions among Western Europe and the USA over such concerns as transatlantic safety, regulations in the direction of terrorism and kin with Russia and the previous Soviet Union, opposed to the wider heritage of perceptions and misperceptions in transatlantic kinfolk.

Drawing on Professor Robert Jervis’ paintings, Perceptions and Misperceptions in overseas Politics, this ebook examines no matter if Jervis’ thesis has a brand new relevance given the present demanding situations in transatlantic kinfolk. many of the matters tested include:

  • perceptions and misperceptions usually concentrating on US international coverage, problems with decision-making and implementation and problems with alliance management
  • the means of the USA and the ecu Union to cooperate successfully in the broader transatlantic framework
  • studies concentrating on the ‘alliance safety predicament’ and the transatlantic defense community
  • case reports of transatlantic kin within the ‘war on terror’ and kinfolk with Russia
  • the current and way forward for the ‘western alliance’.

Providing a world and multilateral research from American and ecu views and exploring fields of cooperation and festival, Perceptions and coverage in Transatlantic Relations could be of sturdy curiosity to scholars of diplomacy, American politics and ecu politics.

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If the plan has been selected but not implemented, the actor will try to project more precise images about what will happen. If the plan has been implemented, the actor will compare the images that they perceive/receive with those expected/imagined before the implementation. 12 Linked with these three stages in the relationship between images and decision-making, we can identify three types of images13 that are clearly 30 Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations related to the foreign affairs decision-making process.

16 Alliances, Perceptions, and Current Frictions Functions of Beliefs The fact that beliefs serve functions other than reality appraisal casts doubt on their causal role. A full understanding of how beliefs operate requires backward as well as forward linkages; we need to look for the causes as well as the consequences of the beliefs in order to see whether the connection between beliefs and behaviour is spurious with both being driven by a common third factor. Beliefs may be rationalizations for policies as well as rationales for them.

That is, actors use images to make decisions; but in the process of forming images, the actor’s system of ideas will play a key role. And once an image is formed – if considered relevant – it will become part of the system of ideas. Images then are an essential subpart of a whole that is the system of ideas, the main tasks of which are to organize the general and specific knowledge of the person; to organize the images; and to set the objectives and the order of preferences. The next step will then be to establish the relationship between ideas and the perception process.

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