The Politics of 2 Percent: NATO and the Security Vacuum in Europe

The Politics of 2 Percent: NATO and the Security Vacuum in Europe. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Jan Techau. September 2, 2015.

The members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) pledged in 2014 to increase their defense spending to 2 percent of their gross domestic products by 2024. It is unrealistic to assume that this goal will ever be reached by all 28 allies, and yet the 2 percent metric persists and it has assumed a significance beyond its face value. It is about addressing Europe’s growing security vacuum and defining who will be in charge of European security. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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