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During the Cold War, Western Europe relied on American military power to deter Soviet aggression. Today, NATO needs to reorganize and establish itself as a credible force for the defense of Western democracy, according to Bruce Ackerman, professor of law and political science at Yale University.

  • Ackerman said Europe should raise a unified army as part of NATO in order to successfully deter Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • He said there is bipartisan support for revising the NATO treaty.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron, who is advocating for “a European proposal to forge a new security and stability order,” is a “crucial player,” said Ackerman.

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Annalena Baerbock, Foreign Minister of Germany, speaks at the beginning of an informal meeting of NATO member foreign ministers on May 15, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. The ongoing Russian war in Ukraine is dominating the meeting. Top diplomats from Sweden and Finland are also attending the two day gathering. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Getty Images)

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to the media ahead of a Weimar Triangle meeting to discuss the Ukraine crisis on Feb. 8, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke – Pool/Getty Images)

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