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NATO’s Land Forces

January 2017, Number 08.01

“The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is one of the most — if not the most — successful military alliances in history, having helped ensure nearly 70 years of peace in Europe. It was central to ending the Cold War, an event that brought freedom to tens of millions of people in Eastern Europe. The Alliance contributed to preventing further conflict in the Balkans and led a 50-nation coalition in Afghanistan that helped stabilize the country for over a decade. NATO accomplished this by adapting its enormous strengths to the circumstances of each crisis.

As NATO’s campaign in Afghanistan came to an end and its heads of state discussed the future security environment at their summit meetings in 2010 and 2012, they envisaged a strategic partnership with Russia. However, in early 2014, after the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia’s aggressive actions in Crimea and Ukraine revealed a disturbing new evolution in its behavior and narrative...”

Excerpt from John W. Nicholson, “NATO’s Land Forces,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  8, No. 1, 2017: 10-15.

Gen. John W. Nicholson is commander of the NATO Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. He has served more than 34 years in the U.S. Army, most recently as commander of the NATO Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey. He previously commanded the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and holds a Master of Military Art and Science and a Master of Science in national security studies.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.