The New NATO
The profound geopolitical changes that have taken place on the world stage in the five decades since the foundation of NATO have caused some commentators on both sides of the Atlantic to question its relevance in the modern age. NATO's mixed fortunes in the Balkans in the late 1990s and its subsequent relegation to the sidelines of the United States' war on global terror have only served to heighten suspicions that it is no longer equipped to face the security challenges of the day. Professor Karl Kaiser, Otto Wolff Director of the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations, examines the current state of NATO and traces its transformation from the end of the Cold War to the post-9/11 era. Kaiser cites several positive roles currently played by NATO, notably as a stabilizing influence within Europe and as a catalyst for democratization and economic reform, before proceeding to describe various ways in which NATO could remake itself in order to regain its former standing.
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