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Footnotes as an expression of distrust? The United States and the NATO “Flanks” in the last two decades of the Cold War

Pedaliu, Effie G. H. (2016) Footnotes as an expression of distrust? The United States and the NATO “Flanks” in the last two decades of the Cold War. In: Klimke, Martin, Kreis, Reinhild and Ostermann, Christian F., (eds.) Trust, but Verify: The Politics of Uncertainty and the Transformation of the Cold War Order, 1969-1991. Cold War International History Project. Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA. ISBN 9780804798099

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Identification Number: 10.11126/stanford/9780804798099.003.0012

Abstract

This chapter explores the practice of “footnoting” of joint NATO documents by states such as Denmark and Greece as an expression of disagreement with nuclear policies within the Western defense community. Both Denmark and Greece had experienced a profound decline of trust in NATO's ability and willingness to protect their national interests. In addition, sociocultural and economic change, animosity toward the increasingly bellicose tone of the Reagan administration, and a politically convenient anti-Americanism both forced and allowed the Danish and Greek governments to issue dissenting footnotes to NATO communiqués, criticizing alliance policies. These footnotes therefore can be seen as manifestations of distrust that challenged the operation and harmony of NATO as an effective alliance, even if they could not thwart particular NATO decisions.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=26656
Additional Information: © 2016 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2022 15:42
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2022 15:42
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/113488

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