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mandate. The events of Kosovo during 1999 prove that NATO has successfully adapted from a military alliance designed primarily for European defence against Communist aggression to an alliance that can capably pursue the maintenance of stability in Central and Eastern Europe and the pursuit of humanitarian causes, such as the prevention of genocide, refugee aid etc. Indeed, as the Balkans begin to become increasingly nationalistic, and the Soviet Union is no longer in a position to keep them in check NATO has become more and more useful as an organisation to maintain stability in the Balkans. Without NATO, the Balkans is the tinder box that may spark European instability. As it prepares itself for further adaptation as an expanded framework for continuing partnership, both within

the Alliance and with the countries of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, there can be little doubt that NATO will continue to evolve in order to address future challenges. Despite the fact that the Cold War ended over a decade ago, a military presence is still required in Europe, as proved by the events in Kosovo. The scope of NATO evolution over the last ten years proves is so large that t is safe to say that the NATO of 1989, as it operated and how it was seen, is a thing of the past. However, now NATO is an essential organisation – a new NATO for a new century . Bibliography. Powaski, Ronal E. Joining the March of Folly , Time Magazine, January 1998 Vol. 54, No. 1 Jackson, James O. When the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation began building up its , Time Magazine,

October 1994, pp. 30 The official NATO web-page, US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, speaking at a National Issues Forum Q&A Session at the Brookings Institution, A New NATO for a New Century , April 6 l999 McCalla, Robert B. Today’s NATO Can Take on New, Far-Reaching Roles, Capital Times (Madison, WI), (1996): March 26, pp. 7A Hyde-Price, Adrian, European Security beyond the Cold War Sage Publications (1991)