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The US Role in NATO’s Survival After the Cold War


  • Develops a more robust understanding of the US role in NATO

  • Argues the causes of NATO’s persistence after the Cold War

  • Provides deeper historical and political understandings of post-Cold War conflict engagements


Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations book series (PSIR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Julie Garey
    Pages 1-18
  3. Julie Garey
    Pages 43-81
  4. Julie Garey
    Pages 123-155
  5. Julie Garey
    Pages 157-190
  6. Julie Garey
    Pages 191-208
  7. Julie Garey
    Pages 209-222
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 223-259

About this book


This book takes a new approach to answering the question of how NATO survived after the Cold War by examining its complex relationship with the United States. A closer look at major NATO engagements in the post-Cold War era, including in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, reveals how the US helped comprehensively reshape the alliance. In every conflict, there was tension between the United States and its allies over mission leadership, political support, legal precedents, military capabilities, and financial contributions. The author explores why allied actions resulted in both praise and criticism of NATO’s contributions from American policymakers, and why despite all of this and the growing concern over the alliance’s perceived shortcomings the United States continued to support the alliance. In addition to demonstrating the American influence on the alliance, this works demonstrates why NATO’s survival is beneficial to US interests.

Julie Garey is an Assistant Teaching Professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA

About the authors

Julie Garey is an Assistant Teaching Professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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