NATO's Expansion: Why the Critics Are Wrong

An expansion of NATO can only occur under strong U.S. leadership.

Issue: Spring 1995

Until the twentieth century, modern international systems were constructed in Europe and largely confined to Europe. In this century, they have been started in Europe but made global, involving North America and East Asia centrally and other regions peripherally. Likewise, the destruction of these systems has begun in Europe. The open question today, therefore, is whether Europe is in the construction or destruction phase. Given the trends there, the smart money is on destruction.

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