The Promise of Alliance: NATO and the Political Imagination

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1997 - Political Science - 304 pages
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The nature and function of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are uncertain now that the alliance has accomplished its primary objective of defending Western Europe from the perceived Soviet threat. Despite uncertainty about NATO's role in the post-Cold War world, its political and military leaders agree that it can continue to play a vital part in enhancing European security and maintaining international stability. This superb analysis explores the evolving functions and future directions of this unique organization, paying particular attention to the political cultures and goals of its member states. The Promise of Alliance is important reading for students and scholars of international relations, foreign affairs, and political theory.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Creating Western Defense
9
Managing Western Defense
51
Managing Detente
87
Arming to Disarm
111
Consolidating European Security
133
The Promise of Alliance
177
Notes
191
Bibliography
267
Index
297
About the Author
305
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Ian Q. R. Thomas received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1995. He holds degrees from the University of Stockholm and Amherst College.

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