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NATO enters the 21st century
Carpenter, Ted Galen.
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London ; Portland, OR : Frank Cass, [2001]

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189 pages ; 23 cm
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NATO's military intervention in Yugoslavia highlights the choices and problems confronting the alliance as it approaches the new century. An alliance created to keep Western Europe out of the Soviet orbit during the Cold War has sought to reinvent itself as a "crisis-management" organization to suppress conflicts on Europe's periphery - and perhaps beyond.

Is NATO suited to playing such a role, or is the alliance a Cold War anachronism? How will Russia react to an enlarged NATO focused on out-of-area peacekeeping and conflict-prevention missions? Are there alternative security institutions that might better address Europe's security needs in the post-Cold War era?

Author Notes

Ted Galen Carpenter is Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, Washington DC
Alton Frye is a Presidential Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
Christopher Layne is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in Global Security and a Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California
Amos Perlmutter is a Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the American University
Richard Rupp received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University, Indiana
Kori Schake is a Senior Research Professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University in Washington DC
Alan Tonelson is a Research Fellow at the US Business and Industry Council Educational Foundation

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Contributors to this volume offer varied critical perspectives on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's post-Cold War eastward enlargement and transformation from a defensive alliance to a seemingly all-purpose security service for Europe. Editor Carpenter and contributors Alan Tonelson and Christopher Layne are skeptics of the US foreign policy establishment's penchant for multilateralism: a common denominator of their chapters is that Washington seems intent on inventing new things for NATO to do without regard to tangible US interests. Other contributors such as Alton Frye and Amos Perlmutter come from the heart of the foreign policy establishment yet also cast a critical eye on NATO's evolving role, especially its move east. Kori Schake takes NATO's European members to task for neglecting nuclear proliferation concerns and resisting American missile defense plans. Specialists will be familiar with the arguments made in this eclectic volume (which first appeared as a special edition of The Journal of Strategic Studies), but other readers may be intrigued by its varied critiques of official NATO orthodoxy. Recommended at all levels. C. Clemens College of William and Mary

Table of Contents

Ted Galen CarpenterTed Galen CarpenterAlan TonelsonChristopher LayneAlton FryeKori SchakeAmos PerlmutterRichard Rupp
1. Introduction: NATO's Prospects at the Dawn of the 21st Centuryp. 1
2. NATO's New Strategic Concept: Coherent Blueprint or Conceptual Muddle?p. 7
3. NATO Burden-Sharing: Promises, Promisesp. 29
4. US Hegemony and the Perpetuation of NATOp. 59
5. The New NATO and Relations with Russiap. 92
6. NATO's 'Fundamental Divergence' Over Proliferationp. 111
7. The Corruption of NATO: NATO Moves Eastp. 129
8. NATO 1949 and NATO 2000: From Collective Defense Toward Collective Securityp. 154
Abstractsp. 177
About the Contributorsp. 181
Indexp. 183