How To Ruin NATO

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Seen from Eastern and Central Europe NATO is an alliance with a great future. Seen from the United States, NATO is an alliance in deep crisis. From Poland to Hungary, from the Czech Republic to Romania, the citizenry and the governments want their countries to be admitted to NATO as soon as possible. From Washington to Los Angeles, many Americans worry that NATO is an alliance without a purpose, has become weak, and has miserably failed in Bosnia (even though NATO never was committed to keep the peace among or within the former Yugoslav republics).

Interestingly, those Americans who fret about NATO's decline and fall, and the Central and East Europeans who have such great faith in NATO, both arrive at the same recommendation: expand NATO eastward!

Actually, in every decade since the 1950s, throngs of foreign policy experts have asserted that NATO faced some new crisis. Now comes the crisis of the 90's-- the fragility of democracy in Eastern Europe and Russia, and the loss of a common enemy -- and therefore, it is said NATO must admit Poland, The Czech Republic, Hungary, (please include your country in his list), and other nations of the Warsaw Pact. This remedy may seem all the more urgent as Russian forces keep inflicting wanton destruction on Chechnya.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.


Log in;
  1. An employee works at a chemical fiber weaving company VCG/Getty Images

    China in the Lead?

    For four decades, China has achieved unprecedented economic growth under a centralized, authoritarian political system, far outpacing growth in the Western liberal democracies. So, is Chinese President Xi Jinping right to double down on authoritarianism, and is the “China model” truly a viable rival to Western-style democratic capitalism?

  2. The assembly line at Ford Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

    Whither the Multilateral Trading System?

    The global economy today is dominated by three major players – China, the EU, and the US – with roughly equal trading volumes and limited incentive to fight for the rules-based global trading system. With cooperation unlikely, the world should prepare itself for the erosion of the World Trade Organization.

  3. Donald Trump Saul Loeb/Getty Images

    The Globalization of Our Discontent

    Globalization, which was supposed to benefit developed and developing countries alike, is now reviled almost everywhere, as the political backlash in Europe and the US has shown. The challenge is to minimize the risk that the backlash will intensify, and that starts by understanding – and avoiding – past mistakes.

  4. A general view of the Corn Market in the City of Manchester Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

    A Better British Story

    Despite all of the doom and gloom over the United Kingdom's impending withdrawal from the European Union, key manufacturing indicators are at their highest levels in four years, and the mood for investment may be improving. While parts of the UK are certainly weakening economically, others may finally be overcoming longstanding challenges.

  5. UK supermarket Waring Abbott/Getty Images

    The UK’s Multilateral Trade Future

    With Brexit looming, the UK has no choice but to redesign its future trading relationships. As a major producer of sophisticated components, its long-term trade strategy should focus on gaining deep and unfettered access to integrated cross-border supply chains – and that means adopting a multilateral approach.

  6. The Year Ahead 2018

    The world’s leading thinkers and policymakers examine what’s come apart in the past year, and anticipate what will define the year ahead.

    Order now