What Is NATO Good For?

July 11, 2018 Topic: Security Region: Europe Tags: NATOMilitaryWarNational SecurityRussia

What Is NATO Good For?

The truth is that North Atlantic Treaty Organization really is more relevant than ever—for every mission that doesn't involve actual combat.

Western Europe no longer needs the United States to defend it, so why maintain the charade that it does? It’s eastern Europeans who truly value the American alliance implicit in NATO. Direct security cooperation with the countries of eastern Europe through a European “hub and spokes” system would more efficiently reflect strategic realities than the current commitment to collective defense, without undermining NATO’s worthy postmodern missions. God helps those who help themselves, and in a world of scarce resources, so should the United States.

Salvatore Babones is an associate professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney.

Image: U.S. President Donald Trump walks at the start of a NATO summit at the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Paul Hanna