This volume explores how we can meaningfully relate today's world to the end of the Cold War. The over-all picture is one of flux. Many changes will be the outcome of longer-term trends (eg: Internet). Undeniably, though, many other changes are direct consequences of the end of the Cold War. An important aspect is the way Europeans and Americans have begun to redefine each other, in response to a creeping alienation that has affected public opinion and public discourse on both sides of the Atlantic. Time to restore a more balanced view.