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NATO Should End its Open-Door Policy

Enlarging the alliance has caused more problems than it has solved.

On December 3 and 4, NATO heads of state will jet to London to celebrate the alliance’s 70th birthday. Like all NATO gatherings, the two-day event will be filled with photo ops and speeches about alliance solidarity and the importance of transatlantic unity in a world that is fast revolving around the axis of great-power competition.

But NATO will be committing a grave error in judgment if the officials decide to continue with business-as-usual. The alliance may not wish to admit it, but NATO is suffering from a crisis of confidence—and the need for a reassessment is clear.

Spurred on by French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments in The Economist about NATO suffering from “brain-death,” Europe has spent the last several weeks debating the relevance of the military organization. German Chancellor Angela Merkel publicly called out her French colleague for what she regarded as inappropriate remarks and reportedly pulled Macron aside during an anniversary dinner of the fall of the Berlin Wall to admonish him. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the Financial Times that NATO was “the most important alliance in the world when it comes to preserving freedom and peace.” Seven decades after it was created, there is widespread terror at the very thought of questioning NATO’s relevance in the 21st century.

The status quo may feel comfortable to the vast majority of NATO member states, particularly those who continue to spend a paltry amount of their own resources on national defense. However, there is one reform NATO should embrace to make the objective of collective defense more realistic: closing the door to new members once and for all.

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