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Brookings: Are Europeans a Better Transatlantic Security Partner than Meets the Eye?

Clara M. O’Donnell and Patryk Pawlak, July 6, 2012

The latest wave of European military spending cuts is swelling the ranks of Americans who believe that Europeans are not contributing enough to global security. But this assessment is too harsh. It is true that Europeans spend less on defence than their American counterparts. They have also been less willing to use force in recent years. But the US itself is reassessing the merit of its military interventions over the last decade. And when one takes into account policies that are not strictly military, such as aid, sanctions and homeland security, Europeans are making some significant contributions to international stability. (more) http://t.co/VfFVJpv0