2013 Global Defense Burden Essay Contest Winner
The alliance has worked well over the past 64 years, but it needs revamping to meet its post-Cold War missions. Here are some suggestions.
In the ancient world, the best navy sailed from Athens, the best infantry marched from Sparta, and the renowned Scythian archers joined whichever city-state could afford their services. No Greek city-state could take on King Xerxes and the Persian Empire alone. Defeating that existential threat required the cooperation of one-time enemies in favor of a common cause: survival. Each polity had to carry its share of the burden if Greece were to survive.