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50 Years of NATO as History: Perspectives on the Tasks Ahead

  • Gustav Schmidt
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Abstract

These days, we are all aware that circumstances affect the way of thinking, about the past, present and future of NATO. The title of this book reflects the approach prevailing in the aftermath of the Madrid summit (July 1997). The Madrid summit concluded a development that began in 1990 and concentrated on new missions, new strategy, new structures and new members. Having overcome its adversary and sustained the ‘security of the West’, NATO was now confident in its ability to make headway as a “force for good”, assuming responsibility for ‘Securing Peace in and for Europe’.

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