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Memo to the Next President: Taking NATO Global

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Publication Date: October 2008

Publisher(s): Progressive Policy Institute (U.S.)

Author(s): Will Marshall

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: International relations (International and regional organizations)

Keywords: Interdependence; Presidential transition; Global alliances

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is the most successful defense alliance in history. Today, however, the alliance is stumbling blind, and it badly needs a new sense of common purpose. America's next president will face no more important task than defining a coherent mission for NATO in the 21st century -- a mission that transcends the alliance's origins as a strictly regional pact and reinvents it as a force for global stability.