NATO has outlived the Cold War and is well on its way to celebrate its sixtieth birthday—a remarkable event in the history of international relations. This analysis has argued that NATO’s continuity is made possible not because NATO happens to be an institution with particular features or because the United States wants to control European security affairs via NATO: rather, NATO’s core is a political commitment to transatlantic cooperation generated by geopolitical interests. In the following I first summarize the argument in relation to NATO’s development from 1989 to 2004, and then I look at some wider implications for NATO and the research agenda generated by it.
KeywordsEuropean Union Foreign Policy Collective Security Security Cooperation European Ally
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