Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 123–138 | Cite as

Bowling by the Same Rules? Eu-United Nations Relations and the Transatlantic Partnership

  • Peter Schmidt
Part III: Strategic Issues and Alliance Cohesion


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Schmidt
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  1. 1.Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)BerlinGermany

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