NATO after Iraq: Out of Sector, or Out of Business?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO has survived many Cold War crises over the past forty-one years, only to be faced with the most crucial test to Alliance solidarity The dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and the effect of the War in the Gulf. This paper examines the future of NATO in light of these two cataclysmic events. It is the authors thesis that unless NATO accepts the out-of-area mission for its military forces, it will become a hollow shell and collapse upon itself. The method of analysis is simple and direct First, demonstrate that there is historical precedent for NATO military forces being employed out-of-sector second, review the basic NATO charter to ensure that it does not expressly prohibit NATO forces operating out of the Central Region third, illustrate that Germanys Basic Law does not prohibit their military forces from being deployed out of the Central Region and finally, persuade the reader that no European only organization WEU, EC, or CSCE could handle this out-of-area mission.
- Government and Political Science