Buchan, Alastair
January 1962
Foreign Affairs;Jan1962, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p165
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). NATO is an instrument of limited usefulness. It is concerned with meeting the Soviet challenge to the security and interests of the Atlantic powers, with the cold war and the deterrence of hotter war, and with the eventual construction of a more stable system of international relationships in the area where the majority of its citizens dwell� Europe. It is only by being clear about the limitations of NATO that one can see how vast and expanding its real responsibilities are. Since the disintegration of NATO as a political alliance is one of the most consistent aims of Soviet policy, this is an asset of considerable value. In the second place, as both the Soviet Union and the U.S. transfer their strategic strength into relatively invulnerable forms of striking power, the certainty of being able to destroy the opponent's strategic weapons systems must fluctuate, and probably diminish. The widening range of Soviet options, below the level of strategic war, is not only creating the need for a wider range of Western military responses, but making it important to coordinate non-military policy in a way never envisaged in the early years of NATO.


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