National Interests and Military Alliances: The Cold War NATO

  • Richard E. Rupp


The formal study of international relations endeavors to describe, explain, and, ideally, predict global events. While descriptions may be direct and widely agreed upon, explanations often invite controversy and intense debate. Predictions are on the frontier, and, though centrally important to the field, forecasting is at once challenging and perilous. Looking to the future and advancing policy recommendations must be approached with the knowledge that policymakers, journalists, and scholars do not have a strong track record for accurately anticipating major shifts in the international system.1 The American failure to anticipate and prepare for the type of calamity that occurred in September 2001 speaks to the necessity for caution and humility when writing about future trends and events in international politics.


Foreign Policy National Interest Continue Decline Vital Interest Collective Security 
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