Crafted in the late 1960s, Harlan Cleveland’s description of NATO as a “transatlantic bargain” remains today a helpful prism through which to analyze the North Atlantic alliance. The alliance, of course, is far more than the sort of deal struck between business partners. Although the transatlantic bargain is firmly based on unsentimental calculations of national self-interest on both sides of the Atlantic, it at the same time depends on some amorphous but vital shared ideas about man, government, and society. It is a “bargain,” to be sure, but a bargain with roots in the hearts as well as in the minds of the partners.
KeywordsGround Force American Troop European Ally Joint Chief Supreme Commander
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