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Western community of values?

Josef Braml

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Dr. phil., born 1968; since October 2006 research assistant at the German Society for Foreign Policy (DGAP), Rauchstr. 18, 10787 Berlin.
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Values ​​are not the glue that holds the transatlantic community together. (Religious) differences in values ​​are the cause of divergent perceptions of interest on both sides of the Atlantic and of differences of opinion.

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Cultural factors and ideologies shape risk perception. [1] Religiously motivated worldviews determine the threat perception and thus also the attitude towards the decision-relevant question, which means are necessary to defend against the perceived threat. While the hard facts of geopolitical changes since the end of the East-West conflict have often been discussed by science and politics and used as an explanation for the changes in transatlantic relations, soft factors, namely cultural alienation, have hardly been discussed so far.






The "transatlantic community of values" is often used in solemn speeches: After the end of the East-West conflict, there are more different interests, but one can refer to "common values" that form the basis of understanding. The following article, on the other hand, is intended to exemplify that values ​​are not the glue for transatlantic cohesion. Rather, differences in (religious) values ​​are the cause of divergent perceptions of interests on both sides of the Atlantic and for differences of opinion, especially in the fight against terrorism and conflict resolution in the Near and Middle East.