Future Alliance Policies

  • Laurence W. Martin
Part of the RUSI Defence Studies book series (RUSIDS)


In any year since 1950, NATO could have been said to be at a crossroads. It is perennially at a crossroads, but after wandering around for a while we always seem to return to the same intersection. Change always seems to be inevitable, but also rather unlikely. Many of the crises that politicians and academics and the media get excited about tend to evaporate. A little while ago we were told of the tremendous amount of damage that the Libyan bombing raid was going to do to sentiments in the Alliance and that seems to have gone away; and there was the terrible disruption the energy crisis was going to cause but didn’t, and we have recently heard that the two-way street problem isn’t what it was. It remains a problem, but the fear that such problems are going to disrupt the Alliance entirely usually, thank God, turns out not to be true. The core of the Alliance somehow survives.


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