October 04, 2013

NATO Matters: Ensuring the Value of the Alliance for the United States

By Jacob Stokes and Nora Bensahel

In NATO Matters: Ensuring the Value of the Alliance for the United States, CNAS Research Associate Jacob Stokes and Senior Fellow Dr. Nora Bensahel explore the future of "the most enduring and successful multilateral alliance in U.S. history" in an era of shrinking European defense budgets and declining American support. Their policy brief suggests several steps to improve NATO capabilities and maintain U.S. support for the alliance. Among these are recommendations to preserve the command and control interoperability gained in Afghanistan and to expand the current metric of a two percent of GDP contribution to the NATO budget for a more qualitative assessment. 

  • Jacob Stokes

  • Nora Bensahel