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Unformatted text preview: egic partnership of equals with the European Union and entertain the possibility of new fora to address global security
threats. In the long-term, a close, respectful working relationship with the European Union would enhance America's own
security and enable it to engage much more effectively in a multipolar world. America's long-standing preference for NATO
as the trans-Atlantic institution of choice has several explanations. For one, it arguably had -- at least until Afghanistan -- a record of success. It
helped the West win the Cold War without firing a shot. NATO's job, as British secretary-general Lord Ismay famously put it in 1967, was "to
keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down." But rather than close up shop with "mission accomplished" in the early 1990s,
the 1949-founded pact sought a new purpose. Because the Europeans lacked the military hardware necessary to wage war against the Serb
nationalists, NATO led the humanitarian interventions in Bosnia in 1995 and the armed campaign against Milosevic's Serbia in 1999. That same
year, the Cz...
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