Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Why NATO Enlargement Does Not Spread Democracy

| Spring 2001


Supporters of NATO enlargement contend that it will promote the spread of democracy, which in turn will lead to greater stability in Europe. Dan Reiter of Emory University disagrees. Reiter maintains that historical record—during and after the Cold War—fails to establish any correlation between NATO membership and the expansion of democracy. He also suggests that the costs and risks of NATO enlargement greatly exceed the potential benefits. Adding new members will only exacerbate tensions with Russia and diminish the likelihood of cooperation on a host of pressing security issues, including arms control and peacekeeping.

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For Academic Citation: Dan Reiter. Why NATO Enlargement Does Not Spread Democracy.” Quarterly Journal: International Security, vol. 25. no. 4. (Spring 2001):

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