NATO: The management of diversity
Quaderni del dipartimento di Scienze Politiche Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 2011, 1, 1, 139-150
ROMERO, Federico, NATO: The management of diversity, Quaderni del dipartimento di Scienze Politiche Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 2011, 1, 1, 139-150 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/20436
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The image of a harmonious Atlantic alliance occasionally riven by acute crises was the actors’ own perception, and recurring fear, throughout its Cold War history. A long-term historical assessment, however, emphasizes a continuum of carefully managed frictions and disagreements. Differences were the norm, not the exception. More importantly, they were an asset rather than a burden. The negotiated, flexible accommodation of diversity expanded the range of Alliance policies, multiplied its diplomatic resources, and projected a more inclusive, attractive image. In the aftermath of détente, in particular, trans-Atlantic differences on East-West relations multiplied the comparative advantage of the West and played a key role in the peaceful demise of the Soviet empire.
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