Stewart, Michael
July 1970
Foreign Affairs;Jul1970, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p648
This article focuses on the North Atlantic Alliance. The combined gross domestic product of the countries of the Alliance is 55 percent of total world gross domestic product. A feature of the sixties has been the steady assumption by the Soviet Union of the role of a superpower, primarily in its military aspects. The Alliance certainly has no interest in the sharpening of tension between the Soviet Union and China and even less in the outbreak of hostilities between them. However, both the ideological and national differences between the two countries are so profound that it is difficult to imagine anything other than a limited reconciliation between them. The foreign policies of the individual countries of the Alliance will continue to be concerned with many particular national interests and problems. It would be unrealistic to expect that members of the Alliance will under present circumstances readily accept increases in their expenditure on defense. Progress toward a greater degree of European defense cooperation is consistent with the overall trend in Western Europe toward closer political and economic integration.


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