It is one of the supposed truisms of public relations that to even acknowledge criticism of yourself or your organisation is to give that criticism more substance. In my view, however, the readers of The World Today are well aware of, and may even contribute to, the debate about NATO’s future. I would therefore prefer to address the points made by critics, not least because I believe that the alliance has an extremely good story to tell.
No international organisation has a right to exist. They must continually prove their relevance and utility if they are to deserve the support of members. Because the international security landscape is dramatically changing and posing wholly new challenges, any body that wants to stay in good health had better pay heed to Charles Darwin and evolve.