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5.Contemporary Relations of the Atlantic Rim.

In the preceding discussion many comments have been offered that indicate the nature and content of many of the individual bi-lateral relationships that comprise the Atlantic Rim.  In this section of the paper summary statements will describe the current state of each of the individual relationships.  This survey is not intended to be comprehensive but will focus briefly on the primary elements or element in each linkage.  

5a.NAFTA – EU - The relationship between the three members of NAFTA and the member countries of the EU today are to a certain degree a product of the relationships that have existed during the past two-four centuries.  That story of colonies liberating themselves and attaining a status and level of development that is equal to or that surpasses that of the former imperial power is far too rich to be retold or even summarily analyzed here.  Nonetheless these contemporary relationships are more extensive and of more mutual importance to the participants than is true with the other bilateral linkages.  In this section, all that will be presented is the most significant recent development or developments in each relationship.

5a1.United States – As may be gathered from the brief discussion above, perhaps no bilateral relationship in international affairs has been accorded more grand visionary schemes and statements than has that between the United States and Western Europe. The post-WWII history of the United States’ relationship with Western Europe is so widely known that only the most recent developments will be discussed here.  The 1990’s began with the Transatlantic Declaration (1990) and were capped with the New Transatlantic Agenda of 1995, which remains the governing document of the relationship.  The Transatlantic Declaration on EC-US Relations began with a long list of beliefs and desires that were shared by the two partners, and committed themselves to continued consultation and mutual cooperation in a variety of areas, such as education, science and culture, vowed to continue to struggle against terrorism, narcotics, international crime, and so forth.  The only specific action agreed to was a set of bi-annual consultations between various high level actors on both sides.  The Transatlantic Agenda was considerably more substantial in the actions that were agreed and the initiatives that were established.  After the customary declarations of common interest and friendship, the Agenda does the following:

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