Collective authorship, particularly in the subject areas of politics and economics, has become increasingly prevalent. Twelve international affairs experts, representing American, German, British and French viewpoints, supplied the articles collected here. These are devoted to aspects of European unity and the ins and outs of European-American partnership. Those writing share several ""fundamental agreements"" and the resulting general assessments take a much harder line than is currently proposed, at least publicly, by most statesmen. They are all, to some extent, against ""learning to live with"" the Cold War. They are all more or less gung-ho for a stronger policy ""to master whatever forms of peaceful or less-than-peaceful competition may ensue in coming phases of the East-West encounter."" There is a good deal of incidental information for American readers here, who would do well to bear in mind that these essays came out of a joint conference of scholars, where theory and speculation can rise above the more practicable political realities.