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Unformatted text preview: g, international terrorism, or energy security, NATO is invoked by Atlanticists
as the go-to institution, overburdening it with new responsibilities. In late January, NATO's secretary general even proposed an alliance presence
in the Arctic as global warming melts the northern ice cap and major powers scramble to lay claim to its energy resources. Others see NATO
patrolling Gaza's borders in a new Israel-Palestine peace deal. As the Dutch political scientist Peter van Ham argues, "NATO's instruments have
become blunt and outdated in the light of today's non-traditional security challenges and techniques." Yet, he notes, contrary to expectations its
portfolio has only expanded: "Whereas not too long ago the main question was how the European Union could use NATO's military tools ... the
debate is now how should NATO draw upon the resources of the European Union, the United Nations, the World Bank, as well as nongovernmental organizations." But this has not caused US foreign policy makers to consider new for...
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