NATO: When I’m Sixty-Four
The New York Times
May 17, 2012
Op-ed by: Nicholas Burns, professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics and a member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors; and David Manning
“NATO was 63 in April and will celebrate its birthday at next week’s summit meeting in Chicago, no doubt accompanied by much debate about what purpose the alliance now serves and whether it has a future.
The backdrop is somber. The NATO heads of government will focus on the withdrawal of the alliance’s forces from Afghanistan by the 2014 date set by President Obama. NATO’s legacy is uncertain but there is little optimism that, despite the blood and treasure expended over the past decade, Afghanistan’s fragile progress will weather a renewed Taliban onslaught.”