NATO and the Future of Europe

NATO and the Future of Europe

NATO and the Future of Europe

NATO and the Future of Europe

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This is a study of NATO. It is concerned with the revolution in military technology, particularly the role of nuclear weapons in strategy, and the changing functions of national states--two major developments which, together, have profoundly altered the traditional framework of alliances and now confront the nations of the North Atlantic region with unprecedented problems in their joint search for security.

This study is not confined to military and strategic issues. It considers also the organizations which now link together the countries of Western Europe. These are primarily economic institutions but, like NATO, they are the product of a dual revolution in technology and politics which has undercut the foundations of the traditional international economic system of the West. This book deals with nuclear weapons and trade restrictions, semi-federal organizations and cooperative associations of sovereign states, the emerging European community and the less tightly knit Atlantic association.

Obviously, a writer undertakes so formidable a task only as a strong conviction of the need for a wide yet steady look at these organizations overpowers the desire to achieve a narrower focus more acceptable to the specialist. My study has brought me to the judgment that the nations of Western Europe and the North Atlantic area cannot continue to separate their strategic alliances and their economic organizations.

Integration for defense is inevitably related to integration for economic welfare and the two merge on the political level. The same stern necessities which have led Europe to seek an economic union to replace its dying system of national states will also urge it toward a union for . . .

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