TITLE

THE ATLANTIC ALLIANCE: PRESCRIPTION FOR A DIFFICULT DECADE

AUTHOR(S)
Rogers, Bernard W.
PUB. DATE
June 1982
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Summer82, Vol. 60 Issue 5, p1145
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article explores the challenges facing the North Atlantic Alliance in 1982. Paramount among them is the unrelenting growth of Soviet military power which is coupled to, if not the major inspiration for, the current expansionism in Soviet foreign policy. The global nature of Soviet military power adds a new dimension to traditional concerns, for it poses a menace to the vital worldwide interests of a regionally bounded Alliance. Over the years the Alliance has formulated responses to the threats which face it. Programs for security improvements grow within the integrated military structure. Political commitments to these programs are renewed at North Atlantic Treaty Organization ministerial meetings. Yet, to an uncomfortable degree, these programs have fallen short of fulfillment. The reasons for nations' reluctance to carry out agreed defense commitments go beyond the current economic slowdown in the West, although that is the proximate cause. In the debates over security policy throughout the Alliance there is evidence of deeper public concerns over basic Alliance purposes and over the viability of Alliance efforts to achieve them.
ACCESSION #
4851133

 

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