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The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces$
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Hugo Meijer and Marco Wyss

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790501

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198790501.001.0001

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization

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(p.377) 21 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization
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The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces
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Bastian Giegerich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790501.003.0022

NATO, founded as a collective defence alliance, has spent most of the post-cold-war period transforming itself into a security management organization. Its ability to adapt has been the basis of NATO’s continued relevance. At the same time, NATO’s adjustments in functional and geographic scope have triggered debate about its strategic direction and the political and military requirements necessary to fulfil current and future roles. This chapter will assess NATO’s evolution by concentrating on the bargaining processes among member states that shaped the direction of NATO’s strategic guidelines and its out-of-area operational activities. The objective is to trace the extent to which a common strategic outlook has emerged among the European members of NATO.

Keywords:   NATO, strategy, military operations, bargaining, collective defence, crisis management

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