Georgia’s prospects for NATO membership and U.S. grand strategy
Yost, David S.
Walling, Karl F.
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Since signing the North Atlantic Treaty on April 4, 1949, the United States has remained a main driving force behind NATO and has played a major role in shaping today’s Euro-Atlantic security environment. Even though the decision-making process in NATO is based on the consensus of all member countries, the views of the United States on a variety of issues have been of great importance throughout NATO’s history, notably with respect to the Alliance’s enlargement. Accordingly, Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration path is closely interlinked with the decisions of the United States on NATO’s future enlargement. Considering the exceptional role of the United States in NATO and the significance of the continuation of U.S. support to Georgia on its Euro-Atlantic integration path, it is important to identify and analyze internal and external factors that might influence U.S. foreign policy and thus determine its grand strategy. This thesis provides recommendations intended to support Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspiration-above all, to continue making significant contributions to NATO-led operations.
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