Alliances – What are they for and how do they end? – An historical overview, including some thoughts on NATO

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  1. Lombardi, B.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
This Technical Memorandum examines alliances as historical and political phenomena. In doing so, it provides an explanation for their creation and demise, and nine “rules of thumb” that provide some insight into alliance dynamics. The latter half of the Memorandum examines some aspects of the political dynamic in NATO since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in an effort to address questions concerning relevance. It argues that the absence of a consensus on the purpose of the alliance and discord concerning the nature of the terrorist threat continue to be serious challenges to NATO’s viability.

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Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2009-018 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 May 2009
Number of Pages
76
DSTKIM No
CA032660
CANDIS No
531869
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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