NATO 'Out-of-Area' an Historical Perspective and Post-Cold War Potential
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This study examines NATO involvement in security interests outside the geographical boundaries of the Alliance so-called out-of-area issues. Out-of-area issues have impacted on NATO since the inception of the Treaty either as a threat to the security interests of one or more members of the Alliance, a source of diversion of security assets earmarked for NATO, or as an indication of the intentions of communist adversaries. This study traces the history of NATO member nations attitudes toward the out-of-area question, beginning with the national motivations in joining the Alliance. Specific events, from the Korean War to the Gulf Crisis of 1990, are discussed to identify trends in NATOs approach to out-of-area issues and to provide insights into the national interests of the NATO members. The Warsaw Pact no longer poses the imminent military threat so often cited as rationale for non-involvement in out-of-area issues. This study explores the potential for NATO, in light of the reduced threat in Europe, to expand its horizon to include out-of-area involvement and make a greater contribution to world order and peace.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics