1st Edition

NATO and Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century Foreign and Security Policy Perspectives

Edited By Michele Testoni Copyright 2021
    244 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the evolution and future relevance of NATO from the perspective of the member-states.

    Addressing the overarching question of the relevance of transatlantic relations in the 21st century, the volume has three core objectives. The first is to reinforce the view that international alliances serve not only an external-oriented goal, but also a domestic-oriented aim, which is to control others’ behaviour. The second is to show that tensions amongst NATO allies have become more acute and, therefore, more dangerous. The third is to discuss current transatlantic relations through the adoption of a "second image" perspective; that is, one that emphasizes the multiple vertical linkages that connect NATO to the politics and the policies of each ally. The chapters presented here are built on a dual approach: on the one hand, they look at the place the Alliance occupies in the domestic public debate and the strategic culture of specific member states; on the other, they analyze how each of these countries contributes to NATO’s operations and what interests and visions they share for the Alliance’s future.

    This book will be of much interest to students of NATO, international organizations, foreign policy, and security studies in general.


    Michele Testoni

    1. The US role in NATO: past, present, and future

    Jack Thompson

    2. Canada and NATO: hopes and ambitions

    James McKay

    3. The UK in NATO: London’s transatlantic bargain and the dilemmas of Brexit 

    Linda Slapakova and Giuseppe Spatafora

    4. NATO, Norway, and the Northern flank

    Karsten Friis

    5. Denmark in NATO: from laggard to leader to loyal?

    Peter Viggo Jakobsen

    6. Toward a "partnership in leadership"? Germany shifting role in NATO after the end of the Cold War

    Florian Böller

    7. Poland’s role in NATO: toward a transatlantic bargain 2.0

    Wojciech Michnik

    8. The Baltic states in NATO: an evolving transatlantic bargain from newcomers to President Trump

    Eoin M. McNamara and Mari-Liis Sulg

    9. Spain and NATO: punching below its weight?

    Alberto Bueno and Michele Testoni

    10. Italy and NATO in the 21st century: still a formidable partnership?

    Luca Ratti

    11. Turkey and NATO: a fluctuating relationship

    Valeria Giannotta


    Michele Testoni is Adjunct Professor of International Relations at IE University, Madrid, Spain.