Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Why Should NATO Exist?
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was created after WWII in order to counterattack the Soviet bloc; it was the legacy of the Cold War. In 1989, the Soviet Union collapsed and the Warsaw Pact broke down. However, NATO is still surviving without purpose. On November 19-20, North America and Western Europe held their “summit” in Lisbon to discuss the “new strategic concept” for next ten-years. At the end of the summit, NATO agreed with building a missile defense system, covering all NATO nations and American continents with cooperation with Russia. Not all support the summit’s outcome. As the Japan Times (23 November 2010) states, “Can Europe afford NATO’s missile shield?” By now, with most NATO countries in bad financial crisis people are wondering why they need the missile defense system? Which countries will launch the missiles against Western European countries? Iran? China? North Korea? As the Financial Times describes its title “uncertain destination of Atlantic journey (16 November 2010),” the life of NATO might be uncertain. The good news coming out the summit is that NATO will pull out from Afghanistan by 2014.
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.