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Reader riposte: More on NATO in Asia

1 December 2010 16:34

Stephan Fruehling writes:

The Reader Riposte on NATO is mistaken with regards to the Article V guarantee, which does not apply to French (or, for that matter, US) territories in the Pacific. Article 5 of the Washington Treaty refers to attacks 'in Europe or North America', which Article 6 more precisely defines as the territory of any of the Parties in Europe or North America, or the Islands under the jurisdiction of any of the Parties in the North Atlantic area north of the Tropic of Cancer. The Argentine attack on the Falklands, for example, did not trigger Article 5, nor would a Pacific contingency.

Any ally could, however, request discussions under Article 4 'whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened'. This is a provision that has gained increased prominence in the new Strategic Concept because it is particularly useful to ground NATO's crisis management role.