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NATO in Search of a Vision [Kindle Edition]

Gülnur Aybet , Rebecca Moore , Lawrence Freedman
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As the NATO Alliance enters its seventh decade, it finds itself involved in an array of military missions ranging from Afghanistan to Kosovo to Sudan. It also stands at the center of a host of regional and global partnerships. Yet, NATO has still to articulate a grand strategic vision designed to determine how, when, and where its capabilities should be used, the values underpinning its new missions, and its relationship to other international actors such as the European Union and the United Nations.

The drafting of a new strategic concept, begun during NATO's 60th anniversary summit, presents an opportunity to shape a new transatlantic vision that is anchored in the liberal democratic principles so crucial to NATO's successes during its Cold War years. Furthermore, that vision should be focused on equipping the Alliance to anticipate and address the increasingly global and less predictable threats of the post-9/11 world.

This volume brings together scholars and policy experts from both sides of the Atlantic to examine the key issues that NATO must address in formulating a new strategic vision. With thoughtful and reasoned analysis, it offers both an assessment of NATO's recent evolution and an analysis of where the Alliance must go if it is to remain relevant in the twenty-first century.

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"No recent volume is a better guide to the historical legacies that created the current institutional structure of NATO, the policy dilemmas of the Balkans a decade ago and of Afghanistan today, the complex and ambiguous diplomatic relations between NATO and Russia, and the various schemes for enhancing cooperation within the organization." -- Foreign Affairs "[Offers] both a timely review and counsel on the key issues currently facing the alliance. Whether the reader is actively involved in the shaping of NATO's future or merely interested, this edited volume gives good insight into the history of NATO since the Cold War and adds much to the debate over how the next SC could shape a 'common transatlantic vision.'" -- International Affairs

About the Author

Gulnur Aybet is a Southeast Europe policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a lecturer in international relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury. She is a senior associate member of St. Antony's College, Oxford, and the author of The Dynamics of European Security Cooperation 1945-1991 and A European Security Architecture after the Cold War: Questions of Legitimacy. Rebecca R. Moore is a professor of political science at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She held a NATO-EAPC Fellowship from 2001-2003 and is the author of NATO's New Mission: Projecting Stability in a Post-Cold War World.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press (11 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HVEXUK
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3.0 out of 5 stars Essays on NATO - a book in seach of an editor 16 Mar. 2011
By Maveric
Format:Paperback
It is obvious that the contributors to this collection of 10 academic papers live and breathe international relations and Nato in particular. It covers the period up to late 2009 and it therefore excludes commentary on not only the new Nato vision, but also the impact of the new'ish danish Sec Gen. Most of the papers are well written and insightful, others are repetitive and tedious. All of the submitted material could have done with sharper editorial control, and overall it feels a little like the editors uncritically copied and pasted different papers together.

It is a great idea to collate a series of essays which would otherwise be published individually in various journals. However, the book comes across as a missed opportunity and fails as platform for comprehensively analysing and commenting Nato's leadership and organisational strategies. Perhaps the editors struggled to get the book published in time or perhaps they were surprised that Nato did readdress the need for a new vision in late 2010. If so, this might explain why there are such inconsistency in the overall tone, style and references between essays. There isn't any editorial commentary to guide the reader and nor is there any evidence of attempts to make this feel like a readable book. There is a fine balance between leaving the reader to reach his or her own conclusions, and total abandonment. Perhaps this book is the result of a transatlantic cooperation between the Gûlnur Aybet in Kent, UK, and Rebecca Moore in Minnesota, USA, and this is something which should be celebrated, but perhaps they could themselves have benefitted from a better vision for this book.

Buy this book if - you are an international relations nerd.

Best bits - chapter 5 by Martin A Smith "NATO - Russia Relations" read with chapter 6 by Sean Kay "Missile Defences and the European Security Dilemma" gets to the heart of the issues.
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