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NATO Faces a Familiar Foe

The Western military alliance must stand strong against a resurgent Russia

In the immediate aftermath of the Cold War, some rather naive people suggested that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization should disband, as its job was now done. The West had won; capitalism and democracy would prevail. It was the end of history.

There was some logic to this argument. The Soviet bloc has been consigned to the dustbin of history. The threat of a global nuclear war has been greatly reduced. Democracy has taken root in most of Eastern Europe and Latin America and in much of the Far East.

But as one door has swung gently closed, another has swung back in our face...

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