Accession Number : ADA561352


Title :   NATO's Relevance in the Twenty-First Century


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Jones, John K


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA561352


Report Date : 22 Mar 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 28


Abstract : The end of the Cold War with the Soviet Union in 1991 marked the beginning of a new era for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Left without a common enemy, many wondered if NATO still had purpose or relevance. When the world entered into the 21st Century, the entire environment had changed again. The effects of globalization; the threats of failed states, failing states, and nonstate actors; the rise of global terrorism; and the world's economic crisis dictated that NATO had to adapt. This research paper analyzes the threats the world faces today, and the evolution of NATO into a global security mission. I maintain that NATO is as relevant (if not more so) in the 21st century as it was during the Cold War.


Descriptors :   *ADAPTATION , *MISSIONS , *NATO , *NATO FORCES , *SECURITY , *THREATS , AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT , AIR STRIKES , ARMS CONTROL , COUNTERINSURGENCY , COUNTERTERRORISM , CRISIS MANAGEMENT , GLOBALIZATION , HISTORY , HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , IRAQI WAR , KOSOVO , MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS , MILITARY TRAINING , PEACEKEEPING , SUDAN


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE