Because Europe and the United States have shared values the State Department wants both to work together to promote them in the Asia-Pacific region.
The United States needs Britain inside, not outside Europe.
In Washington, there are three recurrent issues that are not in the limelight as much, but are of equal, if not higher importance than what is dominating the headlines.
The success of the Chicago Summit is likely to be determined by its ability to cement the transatlantic partnership and whether the Allies will achieve unity of vision for the future of the Alliance.
If the EU is serious in its ambition to become a foreign policy actor, it must back the existing Brussels structures with real power, the kind of power that only the key member states dispose of.
Every week leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the international challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.