Issue 86 (PDF)
"NATO’s Future: Expansion And Reinvigoration" by Paul Rahe
Military alliances are fragile. Some are held together by intimidation on the part of the hegemon. These tend to collapse as soon as the power at their helm suffers a defeat or evidence's weakness. Witness the collapse of the Warsaw Pact. Others are summoned into existence by a common threat. When that threat recedes or disappears altogether, the members celebrate their victory, then begin to eye one another warily—as the United States and the Soviet Union did after 1945. If the falling out of these two powers took place quite quickly, it was arguably because their regimes and the attendant ways of life were opposed and there was little to unite them apart from their fear of Nazi Germany.
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