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International regimes and alliance behavior:explaining NATO conventional force levels
John Duffield S.
The military postureof the NorthAtlanticTreatyOrganization(NATO) has entered a period of profoundchange. For the first time in more than two decades, the alliance has revised its formal militarystrategyof flexible response.'More visibly, NATO conventional forcelevelsare declining sharply as a result (1) thelimits of on acceptedbyGermany thesize ofitsarmedforces, (2) the implementation the treaty conventional of on forcesin Europe (CFE), and (3) further troopreductions alliancemembers.2 by of Againstthisbackdropofchange,itis easyto lose sight thefactthatpriorto the recent dramatic political developmentsin Europe, NATO's military stable forsome threedecades. The size of the posturehad been remarkably forcesin particular had fluctuated alliance's conventional very little, especially in the criticalCentral Region of Europe. Stability had largelycharacterized of both the overalllevel of conventional forcesand the