Who defines defense policy in the North Atlantic Alliance? Is it NATO, the national government, or the national military? Dutch scholar Jan Willem Honig addresses this widely misunderstood issue. His conclusionwhich runs counter to the conventional wisdom that NATO is highly influentialis that the decisive influence in defining defense policy lies neither with NATO nor the allied governments but with the individual national military establishments. He argues that the Alliance does not possess the powers or the institutional framework to effectively control or steer allied defense policies.
Honig's important and timely conclusion challenges conventional wisdom. He analyzes the issue in a detailed case study of the Netherlands' defense policy between 1949 and 1991. Because the fabric of Western security is undergoing its most radical transformation since NATO's inception, this study is especially valuable for its analysis of the changing parameters of European defense requirements. Policy makers and academics interested in NATO will find this work illuminating.
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About the Author
JAN WILLEM HONIG teaches in the department of Liberal Studies at New York University. He was until recently a MacArthur post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of War Studies, King's College, London and a research associate at the Institute for East-West Security Studies in New York.
Table of Contents
The Rebuilding of the Armed Forces in the 1950s
Frustrated Consolidation: The Armed Forces during the 1960s
The Defense Department and Its Finances
The Defense Debate, 1970-1972
The De Koster Ministry, 1971-1973
The Netherlands and NATO, 1951-1973
The Labor Party and Defense
The 1974 Defense White Paper
"A Road Full of Misery"Executing a Labor Defense Policy
New Challenges, Old Responses: The Armed Forces in the 1980s