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America’s Foiled NATO Diplomacy


Just as the choice of Istanbul as the venue for NATO's June Summit sent out a signal about the Alliance's shifting geo-strategic priorities, the ministerial meeting in Romania was loaded with self-conscious symbolism.

October saw NATO defence ministers gather in Poiana Brasov, Romania for the Alliance’s second major set-piece meeting in four months. Just as the choice of Istanbul as the venue for NATO’s June Summit sent out a signal about the Alliance’s shifting geo-strategic priorities, the arrival of the ministerial roadshow in Romania was loaded with self-conscious symbolism: the new members are being taken seriously in Alliance decision-making; NATO’s centre of political gravity is

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