Defense Policy in the North Atlantic Alliance: The Case of the Netherlands

Synopsis

Addressing the widely misunderstood issue of who defines defense policy in the North Atlantic Alliance, Jan Willem Honig asks, Is it NATO, the national governments, or the national military? Honig's conclusion--which runs counter to the conventional wisdom that NATO is highly influential--is that the decisive influence in defining defense policy lies neither with NATO nor the allied governments but with the individual national military establishments. He argues that the Alliance does not possess the powers or the institutional framework to effectively control or steer allied defense policies. individual national military establishments.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1993