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NATO looks south : new challenges and new strategies in the Mediterranean
Lesser, Ian O., 1957-
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Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2000.
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xvii, 64 pages ; 24 cm
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1600 Lexile.
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UA646.55 .L468 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The security environment facing the United States and NATO in Europe is changing in fundamental ways, including a steady growth of security challenges emanating from Europe's southern periphery--around the Mediterranean and beyond. This study explores this phenomenon, with special attention to transregional risks, Turkey's Alliance role and need for redefinition, the risk of a Greek-Turkish conflict, the Mediterranean dimension of NATO adaptation, and what these issues might mean for U.S. and NATO strategy. The author finds that Spain, Italy, and Turkey will be key to supporting expeditionary operations in the south; military-to-military ties will require new efforts; a portfolio approach to access arrangements can provide a hedge against uncertainties about coalition behavior in crises; bilateral air power activities in the south should have increased NATO content; and Greek-Turkish risk reduction is an imperative. Areas for future research include lessons of Kosovo for basing and access, the role of air power based in Turkey, and potential USAF contributions to Greek-Turkish risk reduction.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Summaryp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 The Southern Periphery and European Securityp. 5
Chapter 3 The New Transregional Security Challengesp. 15
Chapter 4 Turkey and Security in the Eastern Mediterraneanp. 27
Chapter 5 NATO Adaptation and the Southp. 43
Chapter 6 Conclusions and Policy Implicationsp. 55