NATO: Toward Equilibrium

The North Atlantic Alliance is a coalition, not a federation; its Supreme Commander Ike Eisenhower can only beg, he cannot compel. How much should each of the twelve partners contribute to the common defense?

Because the military experts of SHAPE and the politicians of the various nations could not get together on an answer at the North Atlantic Council session in Ottawa last September, the U.S.'s W. Averell Harriman, France's Jean Monnet and Britain's Sir Edward Plowden were chosen to allocate fair shares for all. Last week the Three Wise Men, as...

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