Tom Donnelly assesses the impact of the Iraq campaign on NATO from a US perspective.
The Iraq war proved short with a minimum of casualties among both Coalition forces and the Iraqi people. Despite this, it inflicted great damage on the institutions that helped stabilise the world during the Cold War, including history's most successful alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
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Tom Donnelly is a resident fellow in defence and national security studies at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.
This article is adapted from a forthcoming report prepared for the Project for the New American Century and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.