Heathem Conley writes of the causes of the process that led to the separation of the political paths of the United States and Central Europe beginning in 2004. It is a period when the countries of the region were absorbed by integration with the European Union while the United States was concentrated on Afghanistan and, two years later, additionally on Iraq. The question of access to the American Visa Waiver Program weighed heavily on the United States' relations with Central Europe. America will not be interested in Central Europe in the wide sense, except in two situations: if it is in need of legitimation and confirmation for the correctness of its decisions or if it seeks support (financial and military) for its overseas operations. The author shares, in part, the pessimistic tone that prevails in reflections about the chances for a more dynamic relation between Central Europe and the United States. Of course, what is needed in order to stop the growing paralysis in relations between the United States and Central Europe and, in essence, with Europe as a whole, is a proactive policy program of positive dimension. Both the Eastern Partnership and the new NATO strategic concept could become the most important elements of such an approach.
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