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FU-BEST 16: Themes and Issues in Transatlantic Relations

InstructorRolf-Dieter Schnelle
Credit Points5 ECTS / 3 U.S. credits


This course surveys and analyzes the interaction between Europe and America since 1945 in the fields of politics, economics, and culture. Special emphasis will be placed on the roles of the United States, Germany, and the European Union.  

The first part will have a time-line approach, discussing cooperation and divergence of  interests before, during, and after the Cold War and after 9/11. 

During the second part, we will focus on issues of common concern for the U.S. and Europe today and on challenges facing the transatlantic partnership during the era of globalisation with its challenges to the common values of the “West”.  

Current events will be discussed whenever they become relevant.

The course includes a guest speaker and a visit to the German Foreign Ministry for a talk on German-American relations.