What's NATO For?

ALIK KEPLICZ/AP

JUST THE JOB: To cut overlap, new and recent NATO members fill specific military niches. Poland will supply élite special forces and rapid reaction troops

Keep the Russians out, the Germans down and the Americans in." During the Cold War, that simple slogan pretty much summed up NATO's purpose as far as Europe was concerned. Those days are long gone. This week the leaders of the 19 North Atlantic Treaty Organization member countries gather in Prague to embark on what's meant to be the alliance's most ambitious enlargement yet: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia — all armed with more will than power — are expected to get invitations to join. But with more terrorist attacks and a war against Iraq on the horizon,...

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