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Reforming and Revitalizing NATO: A Memo to President-elect Obama

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Publication Date: January 2009

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

Author(s): Sally McNamara

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: International relations (International and regional organizations)

Keywords: Presidential transition; Global alliances; International security

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


NATO remains central to transatlantic security and is still the crowning glory of America's alliance architecture. Few other formal alliances, if any, can boast the successes that NATO has enjoyed throughout its history. However, NATO is an alliance in need of reform and revitalization to accommodate new security policies and defense strategies. The new administration will need to put its full weight behind this process if it is to be successful.