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NATO and the Crisis in the International Order

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NATO and the Crisis in the International Order by Magnus Petersson

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This book presents a cutting edge analysis of NATO's current position, role and importance during this period of geopolitical change and crisis in the international order. The rules-based international order is in serious crisis. Revisionist and authoritarian major powers such as China and Russia pose external challenges to this order, seeking to expand their territorial boundaries and `spheres of influence', undermine institutions, and suppress liberal values such as human rights. Traditional geopolitics is making a comeback, deeply affecting European and transatlantic security. In addition, the United States appears to be retreating from its historical role as an anchor of the Western liberal order. Newly elected President Donald Trump has not only openly questioned the fundamental precepts of the liberal order itself. During his first visit to Brussels in May 2017, he also refused to confirm Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty - leaving European allies in doubt about America's commitment to NATO. The Trump administration also seems to intend to increase pressure on NATO allies to pay more for their own defence. Moreover, populist movements touting anti-globalist, nationalistic, xenophobic and neo-mercantilist policies have grown in popularity across liberal democracies. However, the question facing NATO now is how to adapt to the geopolitical changes and transatlantic uncertainty. Against this background, the main objectives of the book are to describe and analyse the risks and dangers NATO faces in the current strategic environment, and to discuss how NATO can readjust to those challenges, and why NATO is very likely capable of doing so. The book will make an original contribution to the existing literature on NATO and transatlantic relations, because it will discuss the latest developments within NATO since the Trump administration took office and since it will be highly policy-relevant. This book will be of interest to students and policymakers of NATO, geopolitics, international order, transatlantic security, security studies and IR in general.

Author Biography

Magnus Petersson is Professor of Modern History at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, and Associate Professor at Stockholm University and the University of Oslo, Norway. His publications include NATO: The Power of Partnerships (2011), NATO's European Allies: Military Capability and Political Will (2013), and The US NATO Debate: From Libya to Ukraine (2015). Benjamin Schreer is Professor of Security Studies and Head of the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University, Australia.
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October 31st, 2018
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United States
CRC Press Inc
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