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NATO remains the strongest alliance that the world has ever known. NATO's summit, however, revealed the weakness of that alliance. Contrary to the spirit of the NATO treaty, some countries are doing much more in Afghanistan than others. The discrepancy is so great that it is almost misleading to call it a NATO mission. On the ground, Afghanistan does not look like a NATO mission, but a deployment of an ad hoc alliance. This impression is bolstered given that eight non-NATO countries are also contributing troops. This arrangement calls into question how genuine and useful the alliance will be in the future. It is no good to argue that NATO countries should share the burden more equally.
EndpapEr Testing the NATO Alliance afghanistan and the Future of Cooperation azEEm ibrahim a t the heart of the alliance is article five of does nothing to help the spirit of nato´s commitment the north atlantic treaty: if one nato to collective security. member is attacked, all will respond. now, these three inequalities—uneven deployment, un- as US President obama reminded us in even operational commitment, and conditional deploy- Strasbourg, nato “remains the strongest ment—mean that on the ground, afghanistan does not alliance that the world has ever known.” nato’s summit, look like a nato mission, but a deployment of an ad however, revealed the weakness of that alliance. Contrary hoc alliance. this impression is bolstered given that eight to the spirit of the nato treaty, some countries are non-nato countries are also contributing troops. this doing much more in afghanistan than others. the arrangement calls into question how genuine and useful discrepancy is so great that it is almost misleading to call the alliance will be in the future. It is no good to argue it a nato mission. Countries cannot share the benefits that nato countries should share the burden more of collective security without sharing its burdens too. equally. that will not be enough to persuade skeptical troops are needed to support the upcoming afghan governments to offer more troops. the truth is that the elections, to train afghan soldiers, and to rebuild the differences in deployment levels reflect real differences country. But all of this depends on the security situation; of public and political opinion. Unfortunately, there is the most urgent need is for troops to fight the taliban. no reason to expect that they should agree in the future there are three inequalities here. First, too many either, as there is no longer agreement on what constitutes countries want do too little. Before the summit, the nato’s mission in afghanistan. United Kingdom had 4.6 percent of its forces in af- there has been a variety of recent suggestions about ghanistan. Canada, the netherlands, denmark, norway, how to repair this problem. ex-Soviet countries argue and estonia all had between 2.5 and 4 percent, and the that nato should prioritize protection from russia in United States had just over 2 percent of its forces there. light of her action in Georgia. others argue that such Similarly, other leading european countries—Germany, talk threatens the global balance of power and that russi
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