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What's Wrong with NATO and How to Fix it

Mark Webber James Sperling Martin A. Smith



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Polity Press
05 July 2021
NATO, the most successful alliance in history, is beset by unresolved tensions and divergent interests that are undermining its cohesion, credibility and capability.

In this new book, Mark Webber, James Sperling and Martin Smith explore four key post-Cold War developments that threaten NATO's survival: an overextended geostrategic reach and an unwieldly security policy portfolio; a failure to address capability short-falls and meet defence spending benchmarks; US weariness and European wariness that call NATO into question; and intra-alliance discord over Russia's place in the European security order and how to deal with Moscow's destabilization of Georgia and Ukraine. The authors propose in response a range of policy options that could reinvigorate NATO, but conclude with a note of caution. Alliances come and go and most are cast into the dustbin of history. If NATO is to avoid this fate, it must not only address the major problems that trouble it, but also get to grips with future challenges to alliance cohesion and credibility, from Brexit to the emerging contest with China.
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Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   446g
ISBN:   9780745682624
ISBN 10:   0745682626
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mark Webber is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham. James Sperling is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Akron. Martin A. Smith is Senior Lecturer in Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).

Reviews for What's Wrong with NATO and How to Fix it

The only book to offer a systematic and up to date treatment of NATO with a problem-solving attitude. Theoretically informed and policy orientated, it's an excellent source for teaching NATO to novices. Lorenzo Cladi, University of Plymouth If you're looking for a concise text that deftly identifies the present challenges facing NATO and then goes just beyond pointing out the problems, but actually offers workable solutions to address these ills, then this is the text for you. What's Wrong with NATO and How to Fix It is a well-paced, yet comprehensive read that will be of interest to scholars and policy-makers alike. Michael John Williams, Syracuse University

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