Understanding NATO in the 21st Century: Alliance Strategies, Security and Global Governance
Dr Graeme P. Herd , John Kriendler
26 November 2012
Understanding NATO in the 21st Century enhances existing strategic debates and clarifies thinking as to the direction and scope of NATO’s potential evolution in the 21st century.
The book identifies the possible contours and trade-offs embedded within a potential third 'Transatlantic Bargain' in the context of a U.S. strategic pivot in a 'Pacific Century'. To that end, it explores the internal adaptation of the Alliance, evaluates the assimilation of NATO's erstwhile adversaries, and provides a focus on NATO’s operational future and insights into the new threats NATO faces and its responses.
Each contribution follows a similar broad tripartite structure: an examination of the historical context in which the given issue or topic has evolved; an identification and characterization of key contemporary policy debates and drivers that shape current thinking; and, on that basis, a presentation of possible future strategic pathways or scenarios relating to the topic area.
The book is co-edited by Dr. Graeme P. Herd, Senior Programme Advisor and Senior Fellow in the GCSP’s Leadership in Conflict Management Programme and contains chapters by other GCSP experts: Dr. Pál Dunay discusses 'NATO and enlargement'; Dr. Gustav Lindström focuses on 'NATO and Missile Defence' and Dr. Thierry Tardy examines 'NATO and the Comprehensive Approach'.
Critical Editorial Reviews
- "Herd and Kriendler have assembled a group of experts to produce a study that is both incisive and provocative. Smart and policy-relevant, the book raises tough questions about how NATO needs to adapt to our changing global security environment. A must read for anyone interested in the future of NATO and transatlantic security." - Dr. Andrew A. Michta, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, the Director of the German Marshall Fund of the United States office in Warsaw, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
- "This is a serious, original and provocative work that deserves to be read widely. The book appearance is timed to coincide with the US strategic pivot toward the Asia-Pacific. This is the right time for reflection on NATO’s past accomplishments and for looking ahead. It is clear that NATO’s future will not be like the past. The authors question NATO’s role, purpose, utility, and scope in such a thoughtful way that the book will become a benchmark for informed speculation on the questions of global security governance in the 21st century." - Dr. Igor Zevelevdirects the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur's Russia office after having served as Washington Bureau Chief, RIA Novosti Russian News and Information Agency.
- "This book represents an important landmark in the study of international security of the new century. It convincingly demonstrates that in the twenty-first century NATO’s future will be as much shaped by trans-Pacific as trans-Atlantic dynamics, and that the perception of power shifts and partnerships are as important as the shifts themselves. This thesis and the policy insights provided within each of the discrete chapters – particularly those addressing the relationship between NATO and nuclear, energy and cyber security - will be of interest to policy and decision-makers, as well as scholars, analysts and students, in this pivotal Asia-Pacific region." - Professor Wang Li, Department of World History, Nankai University and adjunct professor, Institute of International Studies, Jilin University, P.R.C.
- "The book is a timely reminder that an understanding of NATO requires both an historical update and a fresh reintroduction to the full spectrum of multiple issue areas and policy questions on the alliance’s agenda. The editors have managed to strike a fine balance here in covering the diverse fields of NATO’s activities, while also focusing sharply on the essential question: what is NATO’s purpose? They have done a splendid job in highlighting what is at stake in the ‘third transatlantic bargain’ concerning the future of the alliance in a world of changing power relations and emerging new threats." - Dr. Tuomas Forsberg, Professor of International Relations, University of Tampere, Finland.