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NATO's New Mission: Projecting Stability in a Post-Cold War World

NATO's New Mission: Projecting Stability in a Post-Cold War World

by Rebecca R. Moore


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NATO's New Mission: Projecting Stability in a Post-Cold War World

Reports of NATO's death have been greatly exaggerated. Characterizations of NATO as a relic of the past do not square with the fact that the Alliance is busier today than at any time in its history. As Europe has become more unified and more democratic, NATO has assumed new layers of significance in the global security environment. In a post-September 11 world, the old 1990s debate about what is in area and what is out of area is a luxury that the Alliance can no longer afford. Decisions made at the 2004 Istanbul summit aimed at enhancing NATO's partnerships with the states of Central Asia and extending the partnership concept to the Greater Middle East reflect the Alliance's new, more global presence as do new military missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sudan.

Moore argues that a careful analysis of NATO's new, more global focus suggests that it's not the nature of NATO's mission that has changed, but rather its scope. NATO is approaching its new out of area missions with the political tools developed after the Soviet threat faded in the early 1990s when the Allies agreed that, rather than merely defend an old order, they would now create a new one grounded in liberal democratic values, including individual liberty and the rule of law. Indeed, the mission of projecting stability eastward was understood to be inextricable from the promotion of these values.

This new mission required that NATO devote greater attention to its political dimension. In fact, as the United States turned to promoting democracy around the world in the wake of September 11, it ultimately sought to enlist NATO in its mission of extending democracy beyond Europe to Central Asia and the Middle East. As Moore demonstrates in her attempt to provide a full and comprehensive understanding of the new NATO, while divisions within the Alliance persist as to just how global NATO should be, the post-September 11 security environment ensures that NATO's survival depends upon its willingness to project security beyond Europe. That mission will be as much political as it is military.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275992965
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Series: Praeger Security International Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Rebecca R. Moore is Associate Professor of Political Science at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she chairs the Global Studies program. She teaches courses in U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and international security and she has published previously on NATO, U.S. human rights policy, and the promotion of civil society in China. She held a NATO-EAPC Fellowship from 2001 to 2003.

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
A New Mission for NATO: Constructing Europe "Whole and Free"     9
"Security...Is What We Make of It"     33
The New NATO: A Vehicle for Democracy Promotion     55
September 11 and the Road to Prague     75
"Bruised but Resolute"?: The Impact of Afghanistan and Iraq     95
The Istanbul Summit: A Bridge to the Middle East     115
Conclusion     142
Notes     149
Selected Bibliography     193
Index     199

What People are Saying About This

Ron Asmus

"Rebecca Moores NATO's New Mission is a critical contribution to our understanding of how and why the Atlantic Alliance reinvented itself after the end of the Cold War. Pundits, political scientists and IR theorists often said it could (and should) not be done. This book helps us understand why they were wrong. As NATO seeks to again reinvent itself for a post 911 world, understanding what happened in NATO in the 1990s and why is more important than ever."

Hans Binnendijk

"Rebecca Moore captures the drama behind a great historical anomaly, the transformation of an alliance after its principal enemy has disappeared. She details not just the official record of this remarkable transformation but the debates that underpin that official record. The success of this effort to prepare NATO for its new mission is of vital interest to the national security of the United States."

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