RUSI JournalVolume 156Issue 6members only

NATO After Libya: Alliance Adrift?


Undue focus on recent operations, and the 'success' of the Alliance's Libya campaign, deflects attention from the more important drivers of NATO’s future course.

At the May 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago, the ‘success’ of the Alliance’s Libya operation will no doubt be a cause for celebration. However, despite the positive outcome, Libya will have a very limited impact on the future direction of the Alliance. Undue focus on recent operations deflects attention from the more important drivers of NATO’s future course – ones which will likely ensure that the Alliance remains an active global security actor, even if many of its members do

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