Publication: NATO’s inherent dilemma: strategic imperatives vs. value foundations

Cold War Research Network coordinator Ruud van Dijk published together with Stanley R. Sloan the article “NATO’s inherent dilemma: strategic imperatives vs. value foundations” for the Journal of Strategic Studies. In their article, van Dijk and Sloan argue that it has been clear for several years now that what NATO purports to stand for and what certain member states practice, do not fully align. From the beginning in 1949, when treaty values and strategic imperatives have been conflicted, the strategic imperatives have almost always, albeit temporarily on an “exceptional” basis, taken precedence over the values. While not new, these tensions today are greater than at any time in NATO’s history. In their view, they could become an existential threat. The authors use a case study from NATO’s history to examine the case of Turkey today.

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