The purpose of this extended essay is to provide discussion and, ideally, insight concerning a variety of the principal problems currently facing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization—the Atlantic Alliance—along with some evaluation of suggested changes in both policies and goals. The subject is both old and new, which means that some effort is required to put the conventional wisdom in current focus, respond to the challenges of a shifting international environment, and address in particular the issue of how appropriate existing relationships are in the context of the contemporary international system. There is a considerable existing literature on Alliance issues. The security of Europe, the insecurity of the borders dividing East from West, the exposed political nerve represented by Berlin—these elements have been the preoccupation and source of tensions in Soviet—American relations since the beginning of the Cold War. There is no shortage of studies of the bases of this most fundamental, stark and far-reaching ideological conflict in the modern internationa system.


Foreign Policy Middle East United Nations Security Council North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Capability 
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© Arthur Cyr 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arthur Cyr
    • 1
  1. 1.The Chicago Council on Foreign RelationsUSA

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