Why has NATO endured?
International Relations

Why has NATO endured?

How to make sense of the unexpected survival of NATO after the end of the Cold War ? Understood as a military alliance created to counter the Soviet threat, a realist account would have predicted its disintegration as soon as this commonly perceived threat disappeared. This essay argues that NATO survived because it was identified by its members as the key representative of a self-defined security community of Western liberal-democratic states. Continue reading