Argument: NATO expansion helps break from Cold War boundaries

Issue Report: NATO expansion


Strobe Talbott. “The Case for Expanding NATO”. Time Magazine. 14 Jul. 1997 – “Enlargement is the right thing to do, especially when compared to the alternative of freezing NATO in its cold war membership. Whatever the expenses and difficulties associated with enlarging NATO, there would be far greater costs and dangers of not doing so. If we were permanently to endorse the line Joseph Stalin carved across Europe in 1945, we would subject the alliance to the risk of irrelevance and perhaps dissolution. Rejected in their aspiration to join NATO, the Central and East European countries would scramble to jury-rig their own independent and therefore competitive security arrangements.”