Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Stanford University


Skewed NATO Debate

Journal Article

Michael A. McFaul - Stanford University

Published by
Moscow Times, October 22, 1997

As the debate on NATO expansion moves to the more public and open setting of U.S. Senate hearings this month, we will begin to hear the true motivations behind those for and against extending the alliance to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. From the right, senators will declare that they favor enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as a hedge against a possible Russian threat to Europe in the future. From the left, senators will argue that they oppose NATO expansion because the move eastward will help nationalist forces within Russia and thereby damage U.S.-Russian relations.

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