Charter of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization


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Together with Scholarly Commentaries and Essential Historical Documents

Edited and with an Introduction by Ian Shapiro and Adam Tooze

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Essential documents, accompanied by previously unpublished essays by distinguished historians and political scientists, on the most important military alliance in the world today

The most important military alliance in the world, NATO shaped the geopolitical contours of the Cold War and continues to structure the contemporary international system. The NATO agreement is reprinted here with essential historical documents and speeches concerning the alliance’s founding and subsequent evolution. Accompanying essays by major scholars discuss debates about NATO’s evolving governance, its role in nuclear politics, and its appropriate mission during the Cold War and since. The book is a vital resource for teachers, students, and concerned citizens.

Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also serves as Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Adam Tooze is Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History at Columbia University.

“There are not very many books that focus on NATO directly, and more attention to the organization’s formal charter and its practical effects is welcome. This book’s ambitions to be both historical and contemporary, and both textual and practical, are distinctive and terrific.”—Ian Hurd, Northwestern University

"Ian Shapiro and Adam Tooze could not have produced a more timely or fitting book.  NATO, arguably the longest alliance of predominant political and military power in international history, has been undergoing a prolonged identity crisis.  By assembling the essential primary documents and a thoughtful set of diverse expert commentary, the editors shine a bright light on past controversies and identify the immense challenges NATO faces today."—Michael Doyle, author of The Question of Intervention: John Stuart Mill and the Responsibility to Protect, and University Professor, Columbia University

ISBN: 9780300228519
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
384 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
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