Is NATO Coming Back?

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The recent Russian adventures in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine have once again underlined the centrality of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to the strategic and security interests of the western international community.

 

Having existed in limbo for a period of time and embracing new missions outside its traditional collective defense mandate, NATO seems now to be once again at a critical juncture in its history. Are the recent Russian actions in eastern Europe going to push allies in their efforts to rejuvenate NATO on the basis of its traditional collective defense identity? or will NATO be thrown into the dustbin of history due to the unbridgable gaps among its members as regards how to define the twenty-first century mission of the alliance?

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