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The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was formed in 1949 as a Western military alliance to deal with the growing threat of the Soviet Union. However, since the break-up of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, it has struggled to define itself in the 21st century. This has led some to speculate whether the military alliance has a future?

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NATO continues to be an effective deterrence against Russian aggression.
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In the face of Russian aggression NATO remains relevant

The annexation of Crimea and an increasingly adventurous and aggressive Russian foreign policy makes NATO's mission more vital than ever.
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The Argument

Under Vladimir Putin, Russia has increasingly embarked on an aggressive foreign policy designed to undermine Western interests, this includes invading Georgia, annexing Crimea, funding and arming sepratists in Eastern Ukraine, and intervening militarily in Syria to prop up the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The authoritarian nature of his presidency which has focused on rebuilding of Russia's military capabilities, including increasing its nuclear weapons stockpile, only reaffirms the relevance and need for NATO as an effective deterrence.

Counter arguments

Russia under Vladimir Putin is not the Soviet Union. The current military threat of Russia is overstated and far less adventurous than the Cold War era. Russia's own military doctrine states that the biggest threat to peace is the military build up amongst NATO member states and the expansion of NATO membership to its border. Russia's foreign policy is one of self-defence.


[P1] Russia still has an aggressor role in global politics. [P2] Therefore, NATO is still relevant.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Russia's role is one of self-defence, not aggression.



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