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NATO BURDEN SHARING The NATO AllianceNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization founded in April 1949 dealt with many difficulties building a defense during peace time in order to put the Soviet Union at a political disadvantage With an increase in Soviet military capabilities during the 60s and 70s the threat of nuclear war increased This caused the NATO organization to face many economic and social costs in an effort to maintain sufficient deterrence of aggression in Europe I chose to read a book by James R Golden based on a study he conducted about burden-sharing among the democratic countries of the NATO alliance entitled NATO BURDEN-SHARING Risks and Opportunities Golden states in NATO BURDEN-SHARING where there are strains in the maintenance of NATO and how Germany is an important factor in the establishment of long-term stability In addition to this he investigates the origins of these strains and finally whether he thinks it is feasible to redistribute efforts based on priorities within NATO The intent of this essay is to show how Golden supports his views on burden-sharing within the NATO Alliance and to finally give my personal view on this topic Each NATO member contributes financially and with military defense to the alliance based on how threatened they feel by Soviet Union and the countries of the Warsaw Pact According to Golden one of the key strains within the NATO Alliance is the difficulty of measuring the amount of financial contributions given by each NATO member On page 24 in NATO Burden-Sharing Golden writes Comparing the financial contributions of NATO member nations is difficult even when experts agree about what they are comparing because definitions of defense spending vary widely and amounts spent must be adjusted for inflation and corrected for shifts in exchange rates Even if computations of defense spending are accepted absolute figures dont reflect true national efforts because countries differ in size population and national output The result of the examination
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