The Transformation of NATO and US Foreign Policy

  • Svein Melby


The United States was a leading proponent for the inclusion of Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic as full members of NATO. In much the same way it has pressed, even harder, for changing NATO’s mission from exclusively being the defense of the territories of the member states towards conflict resolution in a wider Eurasian context.1


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    For more about long-term US foreign policy goals in Europe, see S.P. Huntington, ‘America’s Changing Strategic Interests’, Survival, XXXIII, No. 1 (January/February 1991) 3–17.Google Scholar
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    For such a view on NATO expansion see among others, M. Mandelbaum, The Dawn of Peace in Europe (New York: A Twentieth Century Fund Book, 1996).Google Scholar
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    Further argumentation for such a division of labor, see Senator K.B. Hutchison, ‘A New Division of Labor for a New World Order’, The Washington Post, January 3, (1999) C07.Google Scholar
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