Defending the Fringe assesses the importance of the southern flank of NATO to the Western Alliance. It discusses Western strategy toward the Persian Gulf and includes a brief historical sketch of U.S. regional security doctrines.
Part1: NATO and the Mediterranean: Southern Flank Security and the Decline of Strategic Partnership 1. Beyond the Central Front 2. AFSOUTH Command Structure 3. The Mediterranean Theater: The Geostrategic Link 4. The Defense Situation in the Southern Region 5. Turkey's Critical Role 6. Greek-Turkish Frictions 7. Papandreou and Greek Participation in NATO 8. Spanish Entry into the Alliance Part 2: U.S. and Allied Security Policy in the Persian Gulf: Options and Dilemmas 9. After Afghanistan: A Reassessment of U.S. Interests in the Persian Gulf 10. From Truman to Nixon: Regional Doctrines in Historical Perspective 11. The Regional Security Landscape 12. Superpower Rivalry in the Persian Gulf 13. Conclusion