The out-of-area debate : the Atlantic alliance and challenges beyond Europe

by Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

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Developments outside of Europe can be of great importance to the security of the North Atlantic Alliance, and managing "out-of-area" problems is critical to Alliance cohesion, particularly since the early seventies. Current U.S. policy is to request augmented allied contributions within and beyond Europe to support its commitment to the defense of Southwest Asia, and also to pursue cooperation informally through bilateral and multilateral arrangements outside the NATO framework. This Note examines political constraints and gives special attention to attitudes in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy. Finally, it examines the policy options open to the United States.

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