Postmodern Utopia: Europe’s Global Leadership in a Post-American Age

By Fatos Tarifa.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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The 1990s showed an evolutionary change in the relationship between Europe and America. When the Cold War ended, the Europeans, who had thrived under the protection of the U.S. umbrella for almost half a century, started dancing to a different tune. Many European thinkers and the European political elite believed that Europe was evolving as a “postmodern,” “post-Westphalian,” or “post-nation-state” that would eventually become the vanguard of the future post-American international order. Many even started seeing themselves as inhabiting a Habermasian post-historical world, in which war has been rendered obsolete by the triumph of international “moral consciousness”. In this paper we claim that EU is strongly impeded by internal problems and this unavoidably works against any European ambition to play a bigger role on the world scene or obtain a global leadership role. EU is intrinsically vulnerable and Europe’s strategic dependence on the United States cannot be overstated. We argue that for Europe to become an important global player and remain in the center of world events its best strategy will be to strengthen the trans-Atlantic bond with the United States.

Keywords: European Union, Trans-Atlantic Relationship, Global Leadership

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2014, pp.33-43. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 14, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 213.026KB)).

Prof. Fatos Tarifa

Professor, Institute of Social and Policy Studies, European University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania

PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; PhD is Political Science from the University of Tirana. Teaching and research experience: The Institute of Social Studies at The Hague (1993-1994); The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1992; 1995-1998); Campbell University (1996-1998); Webster University (Leiden Campus, NL, 1999-2001); Eastern Michigan University (2006-2008); European University of Tirana (1998 - presently). Author of 30 books and more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles. Ambassador of Albania to the Netherlands (1998-2001), and to the United States (2001-2005). Editor of the journal "Sociological Analysis". Academic interests: development, democratic transition and consolidation.