Kimberly Marten (Professor of Political Science, Barnard) is quoted extensively on the stability and future of NATO in Share America, a U.S. State Department publication (March 31, 2023).
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has demonstrated beyond any doubt just how important NATO will continue to be,” said Kimberly Marten, a political scientist at Barnard College and Columbia University. “Putin has helped instill NATO with a new sense of purpose and a renewed degree of unity.”
“Putin’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine can be seen in part as an attempt to test NATO’s strength.” So far, the alliance has passed the test, Marten said, “with the U.S. leading the way in building quick, creative and collaborative responses that rely on Washington’s long and enduring relationships with its NATO partners.”
“NATO has always been a uniquely adaptive alliance, and remains so today, serving as a beacon for democracies in other geographic areas to join in security cooperation, as we saw recently when [nonmembers] Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea attended the 2022 NATO summit,” she said. “No group of authoritarian nations — not during the Cold War, and not now — can come close to matching the shared sense of purpose that NATO members have.”