NATO's small states: Albania as a case study
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This thesis examines Albania, one of the newest Alliance members, as a case study in the debate as to whether small states serve as security importers or providers in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It investigates the hypothesis that the benefits for NATO as a whole associated with Albania's NATO membership outweigh the costs. Albania's accession to NATO, the evolution of its roles, and its potential for expanded contributions are evaluated to assess the advantages and costs of Albania's membership in the Alliance. This project places Albania's NATO membership since 2009 in the context of its independence since 1912 in order to provide insight regarding Albania's decision making and motivations. It also analyzes Albania's contributions to NATO during its Partnership for Peace (PfP) membership in 1994–2009 and as an Alliance member since 2009. This thesis concludes that despite its weak economy, domestic issues, and numerically small military forces, Albania is a valued member of the Alliance that provides important capabilities in support of NATO's core tasks.
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