Part I, Part II, Part III, Part 3.5
NATO was formed in 1949 from the wake of the Berlin Blockade. It was clear to the Western Powers that the
After the dissolution of the
September 11th changed everything for NATO. NATO is now in command of the War in
The problem for NATO is that of its fundamental character. NATO was created to defend Western Europe from
A secondary threat comes from the European Union. The EU is trying to create an army and may try to force members out of NATO. However, the EU is neck deep in other problems so this is a distant issue for now.
The future of NATO is brighter than the EU. Its focus on purely military matters has spared it from many of the political problems the EU has had. NATO's problems seem to be problems of success and enlargement.