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NATO: Past and Present

In 2019 NATO marks the seventieth anniversary of its founding. Created as a bulwark against perceived Soviet expansionism, NATO became a fixture of the European security landscape, one that anchored the United States in Europe and formed the institutional framework for political and military cooperation between Washington and its Western European allies. NATO helped keep Western Europe secure, democratic, and prosperous through the Cold War years. The end of the Cold War presented the Transatlantic alliance with a new set of challenges.

Call for Papers - NATO: Past and Present

Yalta European Strategy Meeting: Lurking Uncertainty in the Midst of “Next Generation of Everything”


Ukraine Between Realism and Liberalism: Avoiding The Trap of “Finlandization”


The term “Finlandization” is making a comeback as a way to describe how Ukraine, delicately poised between East and West, might handle international relations. The term refers to the limitations of Finland's foreign policy during the Cold War and is generally considered pejorative. It has received increasing attention as Russian president Vladimir Putin has made plain that Kyiv’s membership in NATO is incompatible with his regime’s conception of Russian security interests.

NATO and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: A Conversation with Clare Hutchinson

The nexus of women, peace, and security is gaining notice worldwide as a critical dynamic in international security policy. As this conversation continues, key international organizations, including NATO, are placing greater emphasis on integrating gender considerations in the execution of international military and diplomatic actions.

East-Central Europe’s “Galactic” Imagining of Post-Soviet Security

Many politicians, diplomats, and analysts in East-Central Europe imagine their region as being divided into two planets, one with EU and NATO member countries, the second with all the rest. This reflexive view leads to widespread denial of some plain geographic facts about, and the resulting security challenges for, NATO’s eastern member states. The surprisingly common “galactic” misperception of European geopolitics is a major reason for the continuing persistence of the post-Soviet institutional gray zone between Russia and the West.

Advisory Board Member Kay Bailey Hutchison Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to NATO

The Mexico Institute of the Wilson Center is pleased to congratulate the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison on her confirmation as U.S. Ambassador to NATO. In this role, Hutchison will represent the United States at NATO headquarters in Belgium.