The U.S. Pivot to Asia-Pacific and What it Means for NATO
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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NATO has been searching for relevancy and an identity since the end of the Cold War. In recent years, NATO has faced a number of other challenges such as a lack of agreement among members as to the type and nature of threats against the Alliance as well as which type of missions it should undertake, and the declining defense budgets of many of its members causing them to scale back their military and monetary contributions to NATO. Now NATO must contend with its most powerful member, the U.S., shifting, or pivoting, its instruments of national power to the Asia-pacify region. For years, the U.S. already has been trying to persuade other NATO members to take on larger roles of responsibility within the Alliance. Now, as the U.S. pivots to Asia-Pacific, there are three likely scenarios for NATOs future NATO will follow the U.S. and focus on the Asia-Pacific region, NATO will focus almost exclusively on Europe and another member, such as France or Germany, will accept a larger leadership role, or NATO will dissolve.
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