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Argument: Reform will continue well after joining NATO

Issue Report: NATO expansion

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Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs. “NATO: Enlargement and Effectiveness”. State Department, Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. 11 Mar. 2008 – “Are the aspirants perfect? No. Have they done significant work and put themselves on a trajectory for success? Yes. The United States and our Allies need to consider whether it is better for the security of the Alliance and the stability of the Balkans to have these countries in or to keep them out. We know from experience that countries who join NATO continue to address remaining reforms, and build security in their region and the world. An invitation for membership is not a finish line and these countries know that.”