NATO Aims to Steer Clear of a New Cold War
He’s no ’80s man. Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance’s secretary general, is defending NATO’s lackluster moves in response to a muscle-flexing Russia. Despite criticism from former NATO officials, Stoltenberg and his colleagues say they’re trying to avoid another arms race and adhering to agreements with Moscow by limiting troop deployments to Eastern Europe. NATO also dispatches surveillance drones and consultants in attempts to monitor activity without necessarily putting boots on the ground — while firmly holding its trump card of “rapid deployability” from Western Europe.