NATO's Relations with New Members and Partners Contributions to Peacekeeping, Counterterrorism, and Humanitarian Missions; Strategic Insights, v. 10, issue 3 (Winter 2011), 39-51. Topic: North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Ivanov, Ivan Dinev
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This study surveys the involvement of NATOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Euro-Atlantic partners (EAPs) and new members in various international operations; it argues that the allianceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s success in drawing new participants into international operations is largely determined by three different groups of variables: (1) the prospects for membership; (2) the presence of unresolved disputes with neighboring countries and; (3) the degree of internal political divisions in these transitional societies. This article will examine these three variables. First, it will show that when NATO upgraded its relationship with prospective members and signaled high chances for membership, these nations significantly increased their participation in international operations. Second, it will discuss how the presence of unresolved conflicts could effectively paralyze integration into NATO as was the case of Macedonia and Georgia thus constraining these countriesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ involvement in Afghanistan. Finally, it will illustrate how deep political divisions in Ukraine led to a plummeting public approval for membership and subsequent withdrawal of support for NATO-led operations. The three variables together point to the conclusion that the alliance was overall fairly effective in persuading the new members to participate more actively in peacekeeping, counterterrorism, and humanitarian missions. At the same time, it has had a mixed record in engaging its Euro-Atlantic partners (EAP) to become involved in various international efforts. Although NATOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s incentives have facilitated EAPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s contributions to peacekeeping, counterterrorism, and humanitarian missions, these incentives have not always proven sufficient to overcome neighborsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ opposition or domestic resistance to membership.
This article appeared in Strategic Insights, v.10, issue 3 (Winter 2011), 39-51. Topic: North Atlantic Treaty Organization
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