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NATO Secretary General, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Nikola Gruevski, standing at podiums with flags behind them.

Trans-Atlantic partnership tries to build stability in the Western Balkans.

The Need for NATO

January 2014, Number 05.01

“Since the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, the countries of the Western Balkans have faced numerous challenges, from constitutional crises to building and reinforcing state institutions. As a result, they have been missing out on the economic momentum and benefits of the Euro-Atlantic partnership. The future of the Western Balkans depends on their successful use of the “smart power” approach to overcome challenges in cooperation with NATO and the European Union.

NATO and the EU have been involved in the region through crisis management in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Macedonia. The political, economic and military power of NATO and the EU gives them significant influence because most countries in the region seek membership. But the global security environment poses new challenges for NATO and its partners. U.S.-European security relations are evolving while the small Western Balkan states are looking to find their place in international relations. Euro-Atlantic integration should contribute to the stability and development of the whole region...”

Excerpt from Marshall Center Macedonian Alumni Association, “The Need for NATO,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 5, No. 1, 2014: 54-57.

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