Bruce Ackerman Opinion: “How to Reinvigorate NATO and Deter Putin’s Aggression”

May 17, 2022

Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, has an opinion piece on Politico website entitled “How to Reinvigorate NATO and Deter Putin’s Aggression:  Bold measures are needed to revitalize the alliance and deter Putin’s aggression”.


As Vladimir Putin made clear in his recent Victory Day speech, the war in Ukraine will grind on for years. Even if Russia ultimately retreats, this won’t lead to a lasting peace. During the Cold War, Western Europe could confidently rely on American military power to deter Soviet aggression. This is no longer true. And Putin and his successors will continue to exploit this fact — unless and until NATO decisively reorganizes itself.