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NATO's Identity Crisis

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010

Having struggled to maintain its relevance following the Cold War, NATO now faces new obstacles in its effort to carve out a global role for itself. Dwindling political commitment and drastic reduction in European defense spending threaten to hollow the alliance out from within. Meanwhile, shifts in the strategic landscape and the emerging trend toward nuclear disarmament have called into question the foundations of collective security upon which the alliance is based. With a new Strategic Concept due to be adopted next month, NATO's survival is certain, but its identity remains very much uncertain.

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