Is There Life After Victory? What NATO Can and Cannot Do

History counsels that defeat and victory are the two deadliest moments in the life of alliances.

Issue: Fall 1995

History counsels that defeat and victory are the two deadliest moments in the life of alliances. Defeat is nature's way of telling an alliance that it does not work, that its reason for being has vanished. Surrender is the end, dissolving both bonds and obligations. And so no coalition has ever survived capitulation.

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