Burdensharing has always been a contentious issue within NATO. As background to an understanding of possible burdensharing problems in NATO's fifth decade, this report briefly reviews some of the traditional sources of burdensharing disputes within the Alliance. It then examines how recent developments in East-West and West-West relations are likely to transform the burdensharing debate in the future. The authors assess ways the general trends that are now emerging might affect Alliance relations. Finally, they examine the influence of those forces on NATO's southern region.
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