What will NATO be in 20 years?
Western Economic “Health”
Overview: The future of NATO depends primarily on two broad factors. First, the future of the
alliance will depend on the level of intra-Western tensions. The rise of nationalist and populist
forces within the countries that comprise NATO – particularly the United States – risks
fracturing the alliance as these states adopt more isolationist, individualistic policies. On the
other hand, the success of the alliance will depend on the economic pressures facing the
members of the alliance. If these countries were to experience increased economic pressures such
as a recession or internal upheaval over economic inequality, the economic might that undergirds
the alliance would be in jeo...
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