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Opinion

Is NATO Still Relevant?

Ironically perhaps, events in Ukraine have not shown NATO to be irrelevant, but have demonstrated its enduring power. A Russian incursion into a large non-NATO country is a dangerous development for the region, evidence of Moscow’s goals in places like Georgia and Ukraine, causing many deaths and a great deal of suffering and is a terrible precedent, but not necessarily evidence of NATO weakness. The Ukraine conflict, can also be interpreted as evidence that NATO still matters. While Russia does not want any further NATO expansion; and this conflict will likely preclude that for the near future, Russia has also, thus far, avoided direct conflict with a NATO country. This suggests, at least for now, that NATO still functions, and that NATO membership still means something.

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