Naval War College Review


Benoit M. Silve


The present United States Security Strategy for Europe appears to be based on the assumption that "only the United States has the vision and strength to consolidate the gains of the last few years and to build an even better wo rld." It is a fact that without the United States those gains would probably require much longer to consolidate. However, even the United States may fail if its policy remains too strongly defined by the heritage of the Cold War. Neglecting to clarify what is meant by the terms "partnership" and "leadership," so frequently used in U.S. foreign policy, may ultimately foster confrontation with its partners and leave the United States weaker.