NATO's Role

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome that Europeans are wondering out loud whether NATO is becoming less of a defense alliance and more of a political talking shop. Tomorrow, outside Rome, NATO leaders and President Vladimir Putin will sign a treaty laying out closer cooperation between the alliance and Russia. Later, NATO will take in other former Communist states as full members. But when it comes to military action, particularly against terrorism, many west Europeans feel the United States has sidelined the allies.



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