Moving from Theory to Action: NATO in the 1990s
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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The United States trans-Atlantic tie is under stress. If not carefully tended to, the relationship could erode. As an example, if Europeans continue to reduce their armed forces readiness levels, it becomes increasingly difficult for the United States to justify maintaining 100,000 troops in a high state of readiness. Divergences in perceptions and expectations abound not only among Allies, but also among PFP partners on the role of PFP and expanding the Alliance. As a result, Alliance machinery is being pulled in many directions. NATO faces challenges in coordinating command arrangements with the UN and Western European Union WEU as well as with partners in standing up Combined Joint Task Forces CJTF. Without effective coordination, out-of-area activities can prove less than effective. A great danger to NATOs legitimacy and relevance stems not only from perceptions of institutional competitiveness but also from NATOs participation in increasingly unpopular out-of-area activities. Hence, it may become more difficult to maintain public support for NATOs Article 5 function.
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