Greening the Alliance: The Diplomacy of Nato's Science and Environmental Initiatives (Paperback)Simone Turchetti (author)
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Drawing on previously unseen documents from NATO's own archives, Simone Turchetti reveals how its investments were rooted in the alliance's defense and surveillance needs, needs that led it to establish a program prioritizing environmental studies. A long-overlooked and effective diplomacy exercise, NATO's "greening" at one point constituted the organization's chief conduit for negotiating problematic relations between allies. But while Greening the Alliance explores this surprising coevolution of environmental monitoring and surveillance, tales of science advisers issuing instructions to bomb oil spills with napalm or Dr. Strangelove-like experts eager to divert the path of hurricanes with atomic weapons make it clear: the coexistence of these forces has not always been harmonious. Reflecting on this rich, complicated legacy in light of contemporary global challenges like climate change, Turchetti offers both an eye-opening history of international politics and environmental studies and a thoughtful assessment of NATO's future.
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 226 x 152 x 18 mm
"Treating the administration of scientific affairs as an important back channel for diplomacy, which is an interesting and underexplored proposition, Greening the Alliance offers a new interpretation of the role NATO played in the history of science, especially during the years of detente. Well framed and well researched."--Jenny Leigh Smith, author of "Works in Progress: Plans and Realities on Soviet Farms, 1930-1963"