The Challenge to NATO: Global Security and the Atlantic Alliance (Paperback)

The Challenge to NATO: Global Security and the Atlantic Alliance By Michael O. Slobodchikoff (Editor), G. Doug Davis (Editor), Brandon Stewart (Editor) Cover Image

The Challenge to NATO: Global Security and the Atlantic Alliance (Paperback)


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The post–Cold War order established by the United States is at a crossroads: no longer is the liberal order and U.S. hegemonic power a given. The Challenge to NATO is a concise review of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), its relationship with the United States, and its implications for global security.

Despite seeing its seventieth anniversary in 2019, NATO faces both external and internal threats to its continued survival. This volume examines the organization’s past, its current regional operations, and future threats facing the Atlantic Alliance, with contributions by well-known academics, former central figures within NATO, and diplomats directly involved in NATO operations. In this volume, Michael O. Slobodchikoff, G. Doug Davis, and Brandon Stewart bring together differing perspectives and orientations to provide a complete understanding of the future of the Atlantic Alliance.
Michael O. Slobodchikoff is an associate professor of political science at Troy University. He is the author of several books, including Building Hegemonic Order Russia’s Way: Order, Stability, and Predictability in the Post-Soviet Space.

G. Doug Davis is an associate professor of political science at Troy University. He is the coauthor (with Slobodchikoff) of Cultural Imperialism and the Decline of the Liberal Order: Russian and Western Soft Power in Eastern Europe.

Brandon Stewart is an assistant professor of political science at Troy University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781640124493
ISBN-10: 1640124497
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication Date: November 1st, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English
“One of the keys to protecting the national security of the United States is our strong support for NATO. Since World War II, the Atlantic Alliance was established to make clear to Russia and any adversary that the U.S. will stand with our allies to defend our national security. There can be no ifs, ands, or buts to our commitment to NATO.”—Leon E. Panetta, former secretary of defense

“NATO is the most important institution uniting the West, and today the alliance is threatened by nationalism and a growing inability to distinguish fact from fiction. Through contributions by diplomats, military leaders, and scholars, this important work focuses on NATO’s current operations and future threats, showing the alliance’s continued importance in the twenty-first century.”—Gen. Michael V. Hayden, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency

“Drawing on their own scholarly backgrounds as well as expert academic and practitioner analysis, Slobodchikoff, Davis, and Stewart offer perspective on NATO today as well as chart its future course. Acknowledging that NATO remains the predominant institution binding the Atlantic community, the authors buttress their argument that despite severe challenges, NATO is no less important today than it was seven decades ago.”—Brig. Gen. John Adams, U.S. Army (Ret.), former deputy U.S. military representative of the NATO Military Committee

“This volume creatively combines the talents and experience of American and European former senior officials, operational officers, and academics to survey NATO’s past, present, and future. The mix of perspectives offers important insights into contemporary transatlantic security issues that should be of interest to international affairs scholars and students as well as practitioners.”—Stanley R. Sloan, author of Defense of the West: Transatlantic Security from Truman to Trump

 “This timely volume is an important contribution toward a better understanding of the core alliance of our post-World War II civilization. Superbly edited, its wide range of authors weave a compelling justification for just how important this thirty-nation treaty is for the stability for the transatlantic, and greater world. . . .  It has a highly relevant focus on future opportunities, and challenges, including a dynamically changing regional and global security environment, and fast-mutating, disruptive hybrid activities and cyber-enabled technologies.”—Brig. Gen. Peter Zwack, U.S. Army (Ret.), Wilson Center Global Fellow at the Kennan Institute

“A timely and useful analysis of the main issues confronting the alliance as it develops and adapts to an ever-evolving security environment. Benefiting from the input of many distinguished scholars and practitioners in the field of international security, this volume brings a valuable contribution to the process of in-depth strategic reflection that underpins NATO’s endeavors to chart its course as the most powerful and successful military alliance of the twenty-first century.”—Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, minister of National Defense of Romania

“The world is again facing a series of critical and ongoing crises without clear solutions: the Middle East conflict, Syria, Ukraine, and Nagorno-Karabakh are but a few of the conflicts that will populate news cycles in the years to come. This book clearly demonstrates the role that NATO has played in mitigating global hostilities over the last decades. Yet more important, it thoughtfully and convincingly discusses the questions—both internal and external—that NATO must face in order to effectively meet the challenges of the coming era. I would highly recommend it not only to policy-makers and academics, but to anyone that wishes to better understand the role for multilateralism in our changing world.”—Miomir Žužul, former minister of foreign affairs of Croatia and former ambassador of Croatia to the United Nations and the United States