Is the Atlantic Alliance Still in America's Interest?
Created to protect Europe during the Cold War, NATO continues its uncertain and expensive mission 30 years after the USSR's collapse. How expensive? The US spends about 3.5% of its GDP on defense, while most NATO members cannot even reach the required 2% threshold for membership. Time may finally have come for a reassessment.
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Is NATO still in the best interest of the United States? This provocative work argues that the focus on NATO distracts the U.S. from the vital foreign policy challenges of the 21st century, most notably China's rise in power.
Since its beginning in 1949, NATO—the North Atlantic Treaty Organization—has been at the center of United States foreign policy. The alliance was crucial during the decades of the Cold War, and the U.S. collaborated closely with NATO during crises in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Libya. But does the NATO alliance still serve the best interests of the United States?
The NATO of today—one that has expanded to 30 member countries—risks involving the U.S. in unwanted military activities of the future, actions that were not intended in the original Atlantic alliance. In addition, the real challenges for foreign policy of 21st century are not in Europe, but in the expanding economic powerhouses in Asia, especially China. NATO Reconsidered argues that the changes in world politics in recent decades requires that the more than 70-year-old alliance should no longer be the principal focus of U.S. foreign policy.
- Makes an original and contrarian argument openly questioning U.S. participation in NATO in the 21st century
- Takes account of NATO's full history, putting today's international reality into context
- Analyzes surprising data on Germany's growing economic and political ties to Russia, questioning Germany's reliability as a NATO ally
- Reflects the author's unique perspective on NATO stemming from experience in the State Department, in international business, and as a professor teaching world politics with a focus on Europe
- Openly eschews the globalists' "party line" and offers solid analysis and conclusions needed to ensure the U.S.' future security
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