Concert of Europe

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Concert of Europe,

term used in the 19th cent. to designate a loose agreement by the major European powers to act together on European questions of common interest. The concert emerged after the Congress of Vienna (1814–15) and included the Quadruple AllianceQuadruple Alliance,
any of several European alliances. The Quadruple Alliance of 1718 was formed by Great Britain, France, the Holy Roman emperor, and the Netherlands when Philip V of Spain, guided by Cardinal Alberoni, sought by force to nullify the peace settlements reached
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 powers of Great Britain, Austria, Prussia, and Russia, and, as of 1818, France as well. It aimed to preserve peace by concerted diplomatic action reinforced by periodic conferences dealing with problems of mutual concern.
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A concert of powers is only as strong as its weakest pillar, and requires a great deal of self-discipline and restraint.
Ardor for a concert system in Asia was reflected in the views of Susan Shirk, Clinton's deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia, who argued that while "achieving a full-fledged Asia-Pacific Concert of powers will be difficult," nevertheless, "an effort to forge a Concert should be undertaken even if it is unable to reach the ambitious standard of the nineteenth century Concert of Europe and achieves only ad hoc multilateralism or regular consultations among the powers.
In this regard, recent calls by Zbigniew Brzezinski for greater security cooperation between the United States and the various players (including China) in the Asia-Pacific, implicitly premised as they are on the existing reality of American dominance, are far more viable than a Concert of Powers.
Roosevelt, Kissinger holds, was returning to an unrealistic Wilsonian hope for a concert of powers.