Dr. Armitage is a specialist on the European Union at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He is also an adjunct research fellow at the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies. Dr. Armitage holds a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland.
2008 0-7734-5109-9 Explores the tension between American desires for Europeans to share more of the defense burden without having to give up its leadership role and the European desires for greater defense autonomy without having to devote more resources toward military capabilities. It addresses the inadequacies of systemic international relations theories in explaining why the US supported a potentially competitive system with NATO. In addition, the study focuses on variables at the domestic level, such as fragmented political systems, divergent threat perceptions, and international relations in explaining US behavior toward European defense systems during these two discrete periods of time.