Francis X. Rocca has reported on European business, politics, and culture for many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, The Atlantic Monthly, and Time. A former managing editor of The American Spectator, Rocca holds an A.B. in history from Harvard College, an M.A. in liberal arts from St. John's College (Annapolis), and a Ph.D. in Renaissance studies from Yale University.
Brave Old World (Rowman & Littlefield, Fall 2005) will offer an inside look at the people and issues that will decide if the transatlantic partnership flourishes or flounders. The book will also lay out the challenges and opportunities that the rise of Europe offers to America, and explain how the U.S. should respond. The European Union has never been more able or willing to challenge the United States. The worlds largest economic bloc is poised to grow further, enhancing its power to set environmental and other regulatory standards for the globe. Closer coordination of foreign and security policy among the twenty-five EU member states, which include two nuclear powers, is boosting the EU's diplomatic and military clout, and its willingness to assert itself on the international stage.