Learning to Live With Europe’s Muddled Security Landscape

Learning to Live With Europe’s Muddled Security Landscape
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meet at NATO headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, May 19, 2016 (NATO photo).

Decision-makers rarely solve international tensions once and for all. They cobble together temporary fixes and leave future generations to iron out all the glitches later. Europe’s leaders are currently paying the price for their forebears’ failure to establish a durable order in Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the 1990s, the U.S. and its allies appeared to have a unique opening to forge a lasting settlement to the continent’s security problems. There was no lack of ideas about to how to do this. Some argued that NATO should expand to cover the old Warsaw Pact, perhaps including […]

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