Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Political Science & Geography
Graduate Program in International Studies
With mounting pressure by the United States directly and through their strategic shift and slow abdication of leadership towards Asia and away from the transatlantic community, European states have growing incentive to cooperate more strongly and integrate their defense and security efforts. The absence of such a trend of integration points to internal barriers to growing cooperation countering the external dynamic. Utilizing the theory of security communities, this thesis explores German, French, and British understanding of leadership, defense, and their respective public opinions. Focusing on the security identities of all three nations and their visions for the community as well as defense interests, it is clear that these are too divergent to allow any of the three nations to take-over the position of core state within the security community, despite their economic, military, and political size and power. This leads to the conclusion that security communities function without mutual shared trust and congruent identity through a system of stratification.
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Herr, Afra M..
"Stratified Security Communities: Transatlantic Distrust and Identity Divergence"
(2020). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, Political Science & Geography, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/syeg-4b74