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NATO in AfghanistanFighting Together, Fighting Alone$
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David P. Auerswald and Stephen M. Saideman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159386

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159386.001.0001

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Does Membership Matter?

Does Membership Matter?

Examining the Outsiders: Australia and New Zealand

(p.177) 7 Does Membership Matter?
NATO in Afghanistan

David P. Auerswald

Stephen M. Saideman

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at two countries, Australia and New Zealand, that are partners with but not members of NATO. Australia and New Zealand have British-style political institutions, with the key decisions made by the prime minister and his or her minister of defense. The chapter then assesses whether membership in NATO makes a difference. It argues that non-membership can actually be a shield that countries use to deflect harder choices and more responsibilities. Otherwise, the domestic dynamics work like they do in Great Britain or Canada, demonstrating that the military constraints imposed by nations are driven far more by domestic politics than by NATO institutions.

Keywords:   Australia, New Zealand, NATO, NATO membership, domestic politics, NATO institutions, British-style politics

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