Bulletin n. 1/2017
June 2017
  • Section A) The theory and practise of the federal states and multi-level systems of government
  • Section B) Global governance and international organizations
  • Section C) Regional integration processes
  • Section D) Federalism as a political idea
  • Martin A. Smith
    How NATO survived George W. Bush: an institutionalist perspective
    in Journal of Transatlantic Studies , Volume 15, Issue 1 ,  2017 ,  61-76
    This article challenges the conventional wisdom that the cohesion and institutional health of NATO was seriously threatened by the policies pursued by the George W. Bush administration in the US during its first term. On the basis of case studies of decisions made in 2001–2003 regarding the Balkans, the response to 9/11, and defending Turkish airspace in the build-up to the war with Iraq, it argues that NATO’s status as a robust and mature international institution helped it to effectively channel and blunt potentially serious challenges to its cohesion and effectiveness; both from the Bush administration and from European governments sceptical about aspects of Bush’s approach. Consequently, NATO was not seriously or lastingly damaged by the disputes that did arise during this period.
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