The Revenge of Europe : NATO and the Transatlantic by Christopher D. Cotts - Lieutenant Colonel, USAF

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52 The contrast between the weakening of internal borders and the strengthening of external borders is pronounced. Without a doubt, the slow erasure of Europe’s internal borders is a remarkable achievement. However, this hardly marks the end of the notion of territorial sovereignty in Europe or elsewhere. We may wish old notions away, but wishing does not make it so. 22 COTTS In fact, by replacing one set of borders with another, the EU is rather enthusiastically affirming the importance of territory and the borders that bound it.

29 All three elements illustrate the growing statelike nature of the EU. More concretely, the European Commission has already begun implementing a plan for a trans-European network (TEN) of roads, railways, and inland waterways. The TEN is designed to ensure movement of people and goods from every corner of the EU to every other corner in a speedy, predictable manner. , road-to-rail, rail-to-waterway). 30 17 WALKER PAPER More amazing, the EU has managed to knit together a single air traffic control entity from 15 diverse national systems.

States do not work just to increase their power but to increase their power in relation to their competitors. 13 There are almost as many challenges to the neorealist emphasis on relative gains as there are challenges to the neorealist views of the anarchic international system. For instance, Robert Keohane and Lisa Martin, leading scholars of the “liberal institutionalist” school of international relations, have mounted a serious challenge to neorealists on this point. States, say Keohane and Martin, do cooperate.

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