Accession Number : ADA132208

Title :   The Iberian Peninsula in the Atlantic Community: Problems and Prospects.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Bento Soares,Joao A

PDF Url : ADA132208

Report Date : 09 May 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 140

Abstract : The advent of democratic regimes in Spain and Portugal by the mid seventies has conveyed new dynamics in the relationship between the two countries which are now trying a full integration in western Europe. For a better understanding of the evolution till present-day situation, a brief historical overview of both countries is also provided. Spain's adhesion to NATO in 1982 represented a sizeable reinforcement for the West vis-a-vis the impressive Soviet military establishment during the last Decades. The pros, cons, and other related problems to such a move are herein discussed. Spain and Portugal share the Iberian Peninsula -- an important geostrategic area; a synergetic effect can be anticipated through integrated roles for Spain and Portugal under a NATO framework. Despite the current trends of the new Spanish Socialist government to halt Spain's entry into the military structure, this ultimate goal is still a challenge expected to be overcome in the 1980's. The mutual interest by the Iberian countries in NATO will undoubtedly result in a strengthened and united western Europe and a formidable opponent for the Soviet Union to consider. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Iberian Peninsula, *Geopolitics, *Spain, *Portugal, *NATO, Foreign policy, History, USSR, Threat evaluation, International relations, Theses, Mediterranean Sea, Political alliances, Western Europe

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE