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NATO transformed : the Alliance's new roles in international security
Yost, David S. (David Scott), 1948-
Publication Information:
Washington, DC : United States Institute of Peace Press, 1998.
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xx, 450 pages : maps ; 23 cm
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UA646.3 .Y674 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Recipient of "Outstanding Academic Book" Award "CHOICE," 1999The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, perhaps more than any other Cold War institution, embodied the West s determination to deter potential Soviet aggression in Europe. But nearly a decade after the collapse of the Soviet empire, the Atlantic Alliance is engaged in cooperative security endeavors with former adversaries throughout Europe, including peacekeeping operations in Bosnia.In this ambitious study, David Yost analyzes the major changes in the alliance and its new roles. While the Allies remain committed to collective defense, they have increasingly endowed NATO with new roles as an instrument of collective security. "NATO Transformed" provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the current debate on the alliance s enlargement and its new cooperative security institutions including the Partnership for Peace and the special consultative forums with Russia and Ukraine and the demands of crisis management and peacekeeping operations beyond NATO territory. Drawing on international political theory and the history of other alliances, Yost identifies crucial challenges for the cohesion and effectiveness of the new NATO."

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Choice Review

A brilliantly written, insightful, and cautionary tale of a major dilemma for the post-Cold War NATO. According to Yost, as NATO embraces collective security (an all-embracing temptation to intervene in and out of Europe for stabilization, democratization, and/or humanitarian purposes--Wilsonian idealism revisited), in addition to its traditional role of collective defense (allies providing defense of territory and facilitating regional stability, prosperity, and prudent and ideologically coherent expansion of membership), NATO risks an overextension that may endanger its primary security purpose. Weaving history and current application, Yost writes as good an introductory chapter as this reviewer has ever read. He follows with a brief chapter that incisively captures NATO during the Cold War and its aftermath. He devotes two carefully argued chapters on NATO's new European peace, defining and building roles--cooperation with Russia and other non-NATO nations and crisis management and peace operations. He next discusses the great challenge of assuring collective defense in light of potential threats to NATO's political cohesion and military effectiveness, deriving from neo-Wilsonian aspirations for international peace and order via its expanding collective security role in and around Europe. Overall, a brilliant and insightful analysis, conducive to great discussion among scholars, students, and sundry diplomats. Great for courses on foreign and military policy. L. S. Hulett Knox College