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  • The NATO Review, Michael Ruehle:  "For decades, Stanley R.Sloan has belonged to the small group of NATO-watchers who offer eminently readable accounts of where the alliance comes from and where it is going. US historian Lawrence Kaplan calls Sloan "the most important American authority in the field of NATO historiography". "Defense of the West" is an impressive volume: it offers a well-informed, jargon-free history of NATO as well as some almost philosophical reflections of a seasoned observer of the transatlantic community.

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The 2020 edition of Defense of the West was just acknowledged by a leading international relations scholar as one of the five best books on NATO. See the review here:

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Manchester University Press; 1st edition (September 11, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 408 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1526146231
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1526146236
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.15 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
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Stanley R. Sloan is the founding Director of the Atlantic Community Initiative, Visiting Scholar in Political Science at Middlebury College, and President of VIC-Vermont, a private consulting firm. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Center of the Atlantic Council of the United States and an Associate Fellow of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy. He is a member of The Alphen Group, a gathering of some of the top thinkers on transatlantic relations ( He is the author most recently of De-Trumping U.S. Foreign Policy: Can Biden Bring America Back?, published by De Gruyter Publishers in December 2021. His 2018 Transatlantic traumas: Has illiberalism brought the West to the brink of collapse?, was honored by Choice Reviews as an "Outstanding Academic Title" of 2019. He is also the author of Defense of the West: NATO, the European Union and the Transatlantic Bargain, published by Manchester University Press in 2016. A more recent edition of the latter volume entitled Defense of the West: Transatlantic Security from Truman to Trump was published by Manchester in 2020, Seth Johnston, writing in Oxford Bibliographies, judges that this book is "...perhaps the best single up-to-date text on the Alliance and its history, from one of its most experienced and expert observers."

PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 Defense of the West edition (black cover) is more recent and up to date than the 2016 edition. I don't know why the 2016 edition is selling more numbers because the 2020 edition is the better value. It has the same history but includes four more years of coverage than the 2016 edition and a more relevant future perspective at the end!!!!

2020 Defense of the West RATED ONE OF FIVE BEST NATO BOOKS: This edition was just rated by a leading international relations scholar as one of the five best books on NATO. For the reviews, go here:

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Mr. Sloan is available for interviews and presentations in the United States, Canada and abroad. He can be contacted at For consulting opportunities, contact through Dūcō at:

During the Middlebury College Winter Terms from 2005-2007, and in January 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021 he taught courses on transatlantic relations, and, in January 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020 and scheduled for 2022 presented a course on "American Power: Soft, Hard and Smart."

Stan was educated at the University of Maine (BA), Columbia University's School of International Affairs (MIA), and American University's School of International Service (abd PhD). He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Officers' Training School and served as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. Stan began his more than three decades of public service at the Central Intelligence Agency in 1967, serving as NATO and European Community desk officer, member of the U.S. Delegation to the Negotiations on Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions, and as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Western Europe.

He was employed by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress in a variety of analytical and research management positions from 1975-1999, including head of the Office of Senior Specialists. In April 1999, he retired from his position as the Senior Specialist in International Security Policy. During 1997-98, Stan was the rapporteur for the North Atlantic Assembly special presidential report on "NATO in the 21st Century."

Mr. Sloan's books and monographs in addition to 2010's "Permanent Alliance?" include: NATO, the European Union and the Atlantic Community: The Transatlantic Bargain Challenged (Rowman and Littlefield, August 2005); The Use of U.S. Power: Implications for U.S. Interests [with Robert Sutter and Casimir Yost] (Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, June 2004); NATO, the European Union and the Atlantic Community: The Transatlantic Bargain Reconsidered (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); NATO and Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century: Crisis, Continuity or Change? (Foreign Policy Association, October 2002); The United States and European Defence (Chaillot Paper, Western European Union Institute, April 2000).

Stan has lectured widely on US foreign and security policy and Euro-Atlantic security issues in the United States and abroad. He presents frequently at the NATO College in Rome, where, in September 2005, he was named an "Honorary Ancien" of the College to acknowledge his contributions to the College and the NATO alliance, and has lectured extensively for the U.S. public diplomacy program in many countries, most recently the Czech Republic, Slovenia (as a Fulbright Senior Fellow), China, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Germany, Russia and Estonia (as a Fulbright Senior Fellow). In May 2009 he served as moderator and rapporteur for an international conference in The Hague on NATO's new strategic concept. In 2002, Stan was selected as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Visiting Fellow and in that capacity lectured at Hampden-Sydney College in February 2007.

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