Atlantic Alliance Research Paper

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Introduction States afraid to lose territorial integrity and fear to be invaded it push them to cooper-ate with others. Neither it is single state, grade power or Alliance, eventually every Alliance has purpose, why it was created, and future of that Alliance depend on how close it will suits to that purpose in order to tackle with actual threats for Alliance nations. This paper going to touch the purpose of the Atlantic Alliance in the past and what is the purpose now, what benefits or weaknesses States many gain from being member of Atlantic Alliance 1. What was the purpose of the Atlantic Alliance in the past and what is the purpose now? From the creation of the state will to survive is common to all and fear of unpre-dictable world, force …show more content…

In that period after World War II the purpose for the Alliance was keeping Sovi-ets down Germany out and US in. ‘Deterring Soviet expansionism, forbidding the revival of nationalist militarism in Europe through a strong North American presence on the continent, and encouraging European political integration’ (A short history of NATO). Moreover, ‘several Western European democracies came together to imple-ment various projects for greater military cooperation and collective defence, includ-ing the creation of the Western Union in 1948, later to become the Western Europe-an Union in 1954. In the end, it was determined that only a truly transatlantic se-curity agreement could deter Soviet aggression while simultaneously preventing the revival of European militarism and laying the groundwork for political integration’ (A short history of NATO). As a result, North Atlantic Treaty was signed in 4th of April 1949 by ten European and North American countries it was the beginning of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). The organisation started first steps in providing stability in to post war Europe. Long-time till 1989 ‘before the fall of the Berlin Wall, NATO had been a static organization whose mere existence was enough to deter the Soviet Union. Balkan intervention began the Alliance’s transformation into a more dynamic and responsive organization’ (A short history of NATO, The 9/11 …show more content…

However, ‘despite our desires, there is much in this world that we do not and cannot know in advance. Threats to our interests are not necessarily predictable’ (Mackubin. 2006, p.6). Atlantic Alliance has to focus towards unpredictable future, because states face challenges to predict future security environment and it is threatening their existence. States never can be sure of their survival and that push them to Military Alliances. As Hellmann mentioned in his paper ‘a common threat thus provides the incentive for joining an alliance. Without a common adversary allied states cannot be sure that alliance commitments will be kept’ (Hellmann. 2010). Nevertheless, ‘we have chosen this path knowing that the future is inherently unpredictable but realizing at the same time that in shaping this future practitioners and scientists base their judgement on an intuitive understanding of the underlying forces of history’ (Hellmann. 2010). Also, ‘if the practitioner agreed with the assumptions and reasons underlying a specific prediction, and if the scientist took care to point out how the predicted event may still be prevented or promoted, the practitioner would be in a position to act upon it’ (Hellmann. 2010). So States in the Alliance must to decide on common assumptions and interests, to find the way which is provides possibility to focus on certain threats in other to prepare to

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