posted on Sep, 26 2015 @ 08:37 AM
Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics in the UK, published an interesting paper in May called "The New Atlanticism" Summary: The
emergence of the new Atlanticism represents a shift in the meaning of ‘the West’. The traditional pluralism and capaciousness of the concept is
now narrowed into a transdemocratic combination of security and normative concerns suggesting the development of new Atlantic security system. The
author explores the transformation of NATO as well as the EU into the Atlantic community.
He describes how NATO came into being after World War 2 and how it faced an existential crisis of purpose and tried to justify its own existence
since the Cold War with the concept of "burden-sharing" among countries in its alliance leading to expansionism. The paper goes on to talk about the
old model of security arrangements which evolved during the Cold War and how they do not meet the challenges of the 21st century citing Ukraine as an
I provide a few quotes to give you an idea of what the author talks about. I have provided a link at the bottom of this post if anyone wants to read
the full article.
"This meant that the Atlantic system was increasingly unable to reflect critically on the geopolitical and power implications of its own actions, a
type of geopolitical nihilism that in the end provoked the Ukraine crisis. From a defensive alliance established to resist the Soviet Union, the new
Atlanticism is both more militant in advancing its interests and more culturally aggressive, setting itself up as a model of civilisational
achievement. It is unable to accept geopolitical pluralism in Europe, and thus has become an increasingly monistic body"
"Invocations of the American commitment to the defence of Europe take on mantric qualities, obscuring the dynamic whereby that very commitment
undermines pan-European security. Any concession, or even understanding, of the Russian position is considered weakness, if not appeasement of the
worst order, thus ratcheting up confrontation. The idea of a multipolar world order, advocated loudly by Russia and by China more quietly, is
considered anathema to the new atlanticists. This is as much to do with normative issues as it is with power considerations. The ease with which the
NATO alliance slipped back into a posture of Cold War confrontation with Russia illustrates the hermetic character of the organisation. The ambient
conditions had changed immeasurably, yet the ideational and corporate mentalities of the Cold War endured, now revived to take the lead in the
"As for the comprehensive character, this is something that has been gaining in intensity in recent years as the foreign and security dimension
of the EU has effectively merged with the Atlantic security community. The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) since the Treaty of Lisbon
(the ‘Reform Treaty’) of 13 December 2007, which came into effect in 2009, is now in substance part of an Atlantic system. Accession countries are
now required to align their defence and security policy with that of NATO, resulting in the effective ‘militarisation’ of the EU"
"In keeping with its hermetic and comprehensive character, the new Atlanticism has effectively made security an exclusive public good. If in the
past security emerged out of a balance of power or some sort of arrangement where different states engage in diplomacy to manage difference, the new
power system guarantees security for its own members and allies (although of course to a different degree for the latter), but increasingly lacks a
mechanism to engage in genuine equilateral security relations with others. This is a stance of one-sided geopolitical nihilism, where the very
principle of other states having geopolitical interests that do not coincide with those of the Atlantic community is considered an aberration that not
only delegitimizes those who assert different interests, but easily leads to the demonization of the leaders and elites who oppose the atlanticist
hegemony. Sanctions, media campaigns, and covert operations are all part of the comprehensive attack on outsiders and antagonists."
The MSM is reporting news such as "Russians flying in Syria with transponders off", "Russia, Syria and Iran are working together in Baghdad to
co-ordinate Shia militias fighting ISIS, say US intelligence " and "Russia's sole aim is to defend Assad not destroy ISIS". These type of headlines
try to give the impression that "hostile alien forces" are at work with ulterior motives that are not for the greater good. I believe this paper not
only offers an alternative view of current specific news events in Syria but also evidence of "soft power" at work. Soft power is just one aspect of
the multidimensional war effort which I believe exists in current times.
The New Atlanticism
edit on 26-9-2015 by deliberator because: (no reason given)