Accession Number : ADA611635


Title :   Stepping Up: Burden Sharing by NATO's Newest Members


Descriptive Note : Book


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE


Personal Author(s) : Hillison, Joel R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a611635.pdf


Report Date : Nov 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 392


Abstract : I wrote this book to address the lacuna in the burden sharing literature regarding new member countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). While working at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) during the first wave of post-Cold War enlargement, I personally witnessed the pride and eagerness with which new NATO members entered the Alliance. The puzzle was whether this enthusiasm translated into concrete contributions to the Alliance. My research differs from existing literature in that it addresses the varied aspects of burden sharing in NATO and expands the scope of research from a dichotomous United States and Europe analysis to an examination of burden sharing within Europe (specifically focused on new members). It takes a more comprehensive view of burden sharing to include defense expenditures and more importantly, contributions to NATO missions. On the heels of several rounds of expansion and the winding down of NATO operations in Afghanistan, this book contributes to the literature on burden sharing and provides essential information on the effects of enlargement. These findings should inform decisionmakers about the behavior of new NATO members and help them to make appropriate decisions in regards to further expansion. The main contribution of this work is that it specifically examines the burden sharing behavior of new NATO members and the impact of enlargement on NATO burden sharing. This inquiry is intrinsically important because burden sharing concerns have been salient and recurring issues for the NATO Alliance since its inception. The United States, as the leader of the Alliance, has frequently complained about the low level defense expenditures of its allies. In addition, some NATO members have repeatedly come under criticism for not providing adequate forces and for imposing restrictions on forces committed to the recent NATO mission in Afghanistan.


Descriptors :   *CASE STUDIES , *EXPANSION , *NATO , AFGHANISTAN , ALBANIA , BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA , COLD WAR , COMPARISON , CROATIA , CZECH REPUBLIC , DECISION MAKING , ECONOMICS , ESTONIA , EUROPEAN UNION , HISTORY , HUNGARY , IRAQI WAR , KOSOVO , LIBYA , MILITARY BUDGETS , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MODELS , NATO FORCES , PAKISTAN , POLAND , RISK , RUMANIA , SPAIN , STATISTICS , THREATS


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE