Afghanistan: NATO’s Last Hurrah?

  • Richard E. Rupp


In January 2004, NATO’s new secretary general, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, traveled to Washington, DC to deliver a speech at the National Defense University. The challenges confronting the Alliance and the new secretary general in early 2004 were considerable. Since 9/11, NATO had dramatically expanded its membership, increased its partner relationships, pledged to ameliorate the military capabilities gap, established a rapid reaction force, and committed to operations far from the inclusive borders of the Alliance’s member-states. Hopes of building upon this ambitious agenda were tempered by political divisions among members of the Alliance, particularly over Iraq. Indeed, as Scheffer approached his audience at the National Defense University, he was well aware that at no other time in the history of the Alliance had so many questioned the long-term effectiveness and viability of NATO.


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