The Security Factors Involved in Spain's Entry into NATO
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The focus of this research effort was to determine if Spains entry into NATO gave Spain substantial improvement in security terms which served as justification of a defensive alliance from a strictly military perspective. First, a qualitative, in-depth literature review was conducted regarding the Spanish integration process into NATO and the U.S.-Spanish agreements. Then, to contrast critical viewpoints, the information sources were divided into three groups Spanish, U.S., and NATO sources. The information was analyzed addressing those aspects closest related to Spains security. The historical events since 1936 and the political process since 1975 served as the framework for a discussion of military issues in recent Spanish history. Finally, analysis of the information gathered led to the conclusion that the justification for Spains entry into NATO has not adequately addressed her most pressing defense issues.
- Government and Political Science