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Challenges facing NATO in the 21st century

Author(s): Simić Jasminka

Journal: Medjunarodni Problemi
ISSN 0025-8555

Volume: 61;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 387;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: NATO | SFRJ | Euro-Atlantic security | cold war | UN | EU | OSCE | USA | Serbia | Euro-Atlantic integration | European security and defense policy

During the entire post Cold-War era numerous security challenges were pushing NATO in search of a new mission. Although redefined several times in the past, NATO's mission is still not steady and in its final shape. NATO's framework is not final yet for several reasons: lack of internal balance; NATO is moving towards rather 'loose' formula of Trans-Atlantic relations, through a 'Coalition of the Willing', in which countries accept the level and scope of military engagement in war missions (Afghanistan and Iraq) according to their own interests. This certainly has influenced the character of NATO mission in the 21st Century. Therefore, NATO countries do not speak with 'one voice' and they do not equally participate in military missions. Instead, specific countries are engaged in specific issues, in compliance with UN Security Council resolutions. NATO deepening and widening process is continuing in the 21st Century. .
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