NATO Enlargement: Avoiding the next Missteps

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Mar 31, 2021 | European Leadership Network, Nicholas Willians,

In the new security environment that NATO has faced since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the bar to NATO’s enlargement eastward should be set high, argues Nicholas Williams in this article for the European Leadership Network. With an assertive and potentially aggressive Russia, NATO’s balance should shift from a value-driven to an interest-driven process. To match today’s realities, a more rigorous and interest-driven approach to enlargement must be developed, to safeguard the credibility and effectiveness of Article 5, the commitment to come to the assistance of other allies in the event of an armed attack on any NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia, resisted by a hostile Russia, would require levels of defence spending well above two percent of GDP, for those countries and NATO allies alike.


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