To conclude that NATO is in decline is not to assert that the Alliance is on the verge of collapse. Examining the political divisions among NATO members and questioning the wisdom and viability of the Alliance’s post-Cold War reforms is not to dismiss the organization’s important contributions during the past fifteen years. The Alliance has been and continues to be a key actor in the military, political, economic, and social transitions in Central Europe, the Baltics, the Balkans, and many of the former Soviet republics. Though the Alliance was badly bruised during the early 1990s as conflict ravaged Bosnia, after 1995, NATO rebounded and has greatly contributed to the general stability in the region. Brussels has proven highly capable in managing and integrating the military and civilian personnel of NATO’s members and partner-states both in Bosnia and Kosovo. In addition, through the ongoing efforts of Partnership for Peace, Brussels is working with Croatia, Macedonia, and Albania to further extend hopes for peace and prosperity to all peoples in the Balkans.
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