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The Bucharest Summit: Time to Revitalize the NATO Alliance

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Publication Date: March 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Sally McNamara

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: International relations (International and regional organizations)

Keywords: Europe; Bucharest Summit; national caveats; NATO enlargement

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Washington has a small window of opportunity to mold NATO into a modern, effective alliance that advances the interests of the United States and other members. The U.S. will always retain the option of unilateral intervention to defend its strategic interests, but effective partnering with NATO is a sensible and realistic way to formulate burden-sharing arrangements with its European allies.