Class10 - Arms and Alliances The Elements of Security...

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Arms and Alliances The Elements of Security Policy NATO Expansion The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was formed in 1949 to provide for common defense of the West. Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has expanded eastward, adding Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. Seven more Eastern European countries joined in May 2004. But why? Western Europe is more secure with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Security Policy States take measures to prepare for war in advance of its occurrence. Goals of security policy include: Deterrence of threats and demands Increasing power vs. changing perceptions Defense against such threats Changing the status quo Tools of Security Policy Alliances: seeking the support of other nations Arming: building up one’s own military States use combinations of these tools in their security policy. Strategic effects of each: Alliances: immediate but unreliable Arming: reliable but takes time Judgment in Security Policy
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2008 for the course POLISCI 160 taught by Professor Morrow during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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