The Rise of Populism and the Future of NATO
Phillip Gary Schrank
Global Politics Review
Vol. 3, no. 2 (October 2017): 53-62.
GPR ID: 2464-9929_v03_i02_p053
Received: June 29, 2017. Accepted: August 27, 2017. Published: October 30, 2017.
ABSTRACT: The rise of populism in the last five years in both the United States and Europe has led some to question the power of NATO. Even though populism has a long and varied history in America and Europe, the common theme has withstood the test of time: people were sick of the so-called ruling elite and demanded change; a head of state and government that will speak for the common people. This paper sees NATO in its current form inimical to the rising era of populism. In order for NATO to survive, it must re-invent itself by combating the problems that have brought on the rise of populism; by retrenching back to its borders and by engaging Russia. If NATO is able to re-invent itself again, it will continue to play a key role in international peace and security.
Keywords: Populism, NATO, Foreign Policy, European Security, Retrenching, Russia.