This week I'm joined by Fabrice Pothier, Deborah Haynes and Elisabeth Braw to talk about NATOby Steve Bloomfield / October 10, 2017 / Leave a comment
When the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was established in 1949 it had a purpose – to protect North America and western Europe in the face of the emerging threat, as they saw it from, from the Soviet Union. But once the Cold war ended in 1989, some began to question whether there was any point to Nato. Over the following three decades it has found a new role – several new roles, in fact – from military interventions in the former Yugoslavia to dealing with piracy off the coast of the Horn of Africa. But it has also faced more challenges – from outside, in the form of a resurgent Russia; and recently from inside, thanks to an American president who doesn’t seem to understand what the organisation does and is quite happy to criticise its members.