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NATO: On a Sinking Ship?

COULD this be the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) final decade? .... (T)here is a growing conviction that an entirely new approach has to be adopted toward European security.

Though it is the Bosnian catastrophe that has triggered the latest doubts, the starting point has been for some time the transformed context of a Europe without blocs. It is still very hard to think in new categories: .... We have seen how easily European diplomacy allows itself to be disturbed by Moscow and derailed by Washington. Yet there is now an enormous opportunity to discard in its entirety the strategic baggage of the cold war and begin again with clearer vision....

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