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NATO at 70

April 5, 2019 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan professor Sean Kay, whose current research focuses on grassroots campaigns for river conservation, also is a global securities expert. He was interviewed this week for an NPR piece on NATO's 70th anniversary.

Ohio Wesleyan Professor Sean Kay Shares Insights on NPR’s Marketplace

As it marks its 70th anniversary, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization continues to earn criticism and scrutiny from President Donald Trump and others.

With NATO’s leaders in Washington, D.C., to commemorate its seven-decade milestone, NPR’s Ben Bradford takes a look at the organization’s past, present, and future, including an interview with Sean Kay, Ph.D., Ohio Wesleyan University’s international security expert.

Trump isn’t the only one ever to question how the alliance is funded, Kay says, telling Bradford in their Marketplace interview that history has witnessed a “longstanding burden-sharing issue within the NATO alliance.”

However, Kay notes, NATO remains important in that it is the “one principal mechanism that ties the united states to Europe still to this day.” Listen to the complete interview, “NATO – more than a military alliance.”

Kay, a professor in Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Politics and Government since 1999, also serves as chair of OWU’s International Studies Program.

He is the author of several books including “NATO and the Future of European Security,” “America’s Search for Security: The Triumph of Idealism and the Return of Realism,” and “Global Security in the Twenty-first Century: The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace.”

Off campus, Kay serves as an associate of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University, and he has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, and the National Intelligence Council.

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