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NATO’s Strategic Foundations: Values, Deterrence, and Arms Control

  • 10 Sep. 2020
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NDC Research Paper 12

Introduction
Stephen J. Mariano

Celebrations and criticisms were offered in nearly equal measure during NATO’s 70th Anniversary year in 2019.1 On one hand, credit was given to the longest-enduring Alliance in memory but on the other, criticism was heaped onto the Alliance’s eroding political unity. For every compliment on NATO’s success – enlarging the community of liberal democratic members, for example – there was a critique of NATO’s feckless approach to Russian aggression, or the Alliance’s eroding cohesion.2 Not for the first time in its history, NATO’s relevance was called into question and the organization was even accused of being “brain dead”.3

This Research Paper was drafted with the notion of relevance in mind; not only the Alliance’s relevance in dealing with contemporary collective defense issues, but also the ability of the NATO Defense College to produce future senior leaders who can rise to the challenge of increasingly complex security dilemmas.

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1 (back) T. Tardy (ed.), “NATO at 70: no time to retire”, Research Paper No.08, NATO Defense College, January 2020; http://www. ndc.nato.int/download/downloads.php?icode=627

2 (back) K.H. Kamp, “NATO’s coming existential challenge”, Policy Brief No.06, NATO Defense College, March 2019, http://www.ndc.nato.int/download/downloads.php?icode=582

3 (back) S. M. Walt, “Is NATO still relevant?”, Foreign Policy, 24 September 2010; href="https://foreignpolicy.com/2010/09/24/is-nato-irrelevant/; C. Whiton, “NATO is obsolete”, The National Interest, 6 July 2018 https://nationalinterest.org/feature/nato-obsolete-25167; “Emmanuel Macron warns Europe; NATO is becoming brain dead”, The Economist, 7 November 2019; https://www.economist.com/europe/2019/11/07/emmanuel-macron-warns-europe-nato-is-becoming-brain-dead


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