Opinion An Alliance without a Strategy

The current mission in Libya is an illustration of greater problems within the NATO alliance -- the member states are no longer able to agree on a common strategy. The alliance has failed in its ability to redefine its mission in a post-Soviet world. NATO lacks ideas and unity, and Germany shares responsibility for this failure.
Von Jörg Himmelreich
The NATO foreign minister conference in Berlin on April 15: The alliance has seldom in its history seen the lack of unity it is currently experiencing.

The NATO foreign minister conference in Berlin on April 15: The alliance has seldom in its history seen the lack of unity it is currently experiencing.

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