Sharing the Burden?: NATO and its Second-Tier Powers
Published: February 2015© 2014
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 344 Pages
Illustrations: 27 b&w tables
Dimensions: 6.30 x 9.27
344 Pages, 6.30 x 9.27 x 1.05 in, 27 b&w tables
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, NATO’s middle powers have been pressured into shouldering an increasing share of the costs of the transatlantic alliance. In Sharing the Burden? Benjamin Zyla rejects the claim that countries like Canada have shirked their responsibilities within NATO.
Using a range of measures that go beyond troop numbers and defense budgets to include peacekeeping commitments, foreign economic assistance, and contributions to NATO’s rapid reaction forces and infrastructure, Zyla argues that, proportionally, Canada’s NATO commitments in the 1990s rivaled those of the alliance’s major powers. At the same time, he demonstrates that Canadian policy was driven by strong normative principles to assist failed and failing states rather than a desire to ride the coattails of the United States, as is often presumed.
An important challenge to realist theories, Sharing the Burden? is a significant contribution to the debate on the nature of alliances in international relations.
Chapter One: Introduction
PART ONE: Frameworks
Chapter Two: Traditional Thinking on Burden Sharing
Chapter Three: The Conceptual Puzzle of the ‘New World Order’
PART TWO: Military Burdens
Chapter Four: The ‘New’ Wars in the Balkans
Chapter Five: The Balkans, Part II
PART THREE: Civilian Burdens
Chapter Six: NATO of Canada’s Dreams: Practicing Civilian Burden Sharing, Part I
Chapter Seven: Share of the Civilian Burden, Part II
‘Zyla has produced an outstanding study of Canada’s role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from the Cold War’s end through the 1990s… The author’s summary of NATO’s evolution during this time period is especially well done… Highly recommended.’R.C. Hendrickson, Choice Magazine - vol 53:01:2015
“Sharing the Burden? is a book that stands on its own within the Canadian and American literature on international relations. It is time to recognize the extent of the Canadian contribution to NATO, and this book does.”Charles Doran, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
“Sharing the Burden? is a sophisticated analysis of NATO’s second-tier powers.”Carl Hodge, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia Okanagan