Transatlantic TrendsKey Findings 2006

Posted in NATO | 06-Sep-06 | Source: Transatlantic Trends

Five years after September 11 , 2001, the image of the United States in the eyes of the world has not recovered from its steep decline after the war in Iraq. Yet at the official level there have been efforts at rapprochement, shifting the transatlantic policy agenda toward the challenges of emerging global threats and concerns. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Daniel Fried declared last fall, “The relationship between the United States and Europe is focused less on itself…and more on putting that relationship to work.”1 Similarly, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso recently observed, “EU-U.S. relations have strengthened considerably over the last year, and we are working together systematically to address common economic, political, and environmental challenges.”2 In this year’s Transatlantic Trends, our fifth annual survey, we analyze whether and how this spirit of working together at the official level is reflected in American and European public opinion on a range of global threats and policy issues.