Cover: Commitment to Purpose

Commitment to Purpose

How Alliance Partnership Won the Cold War

Published 1993

by Richard L. Kugler

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This book presents an in-depth historical analysis of how the Cold War unfolded in Europe from 1946-1992. It focuses on the NATO-Warsaw Pact military confrontation, but it views this confrontation in the larger framework of security policies and East-West diplomacy on both sides. Its thesis is that the West won the Cold War because it not only forged the NATO military alliance, but also learned how to make this alliance work by mastering the art of peacetime coalition planning. The effect was to keep Western Europe secure, thereby allowing the West’s superior economic performance and political cohesion to overshadow the rival Soviet-led bloc. A further thesis is that the western alliance should be kept alive in order to deal with new problems on Europe’s horizon. The book includes a foreword by Robert Komer, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

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