Small Wars Journal

New Issue: US Army War College Quarterly, Parameters 49, No. 1-2 Spring-Summer 2019


First, from the "Conclusion" section of a recent John Mearsheimer article (found in the current issue of  "International Security") entitled "Bound to Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Liberal International Order:"

"The attempt by the United States and its allies to create a liberal international order faced three main problems. First, it required the liberal states in the system, especially the United States, to pursue a highly revisionist and wildly ambitious policy of regime change that was almost certain to fail in an era in which nationalism, with its emphasis on sovereignty and self-determination, remains a remarkably powerful force. The policy was also stymied by balance of power politics at both the global and regional levels."

Next, from the initial paragraph of this issue of "Parameters" -- in the "Enhancing Security & Stability" section -- and in the article, therein, entitled "Projecting Stability: A Deployable NATO Police Command" by Massimo Pani and Karen J. Finkenbinder:

"North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) recognizes national security depends on regional stability.  As the Alliance analyzes deteriorating security conditions around the world, it appears less likely to engage in overt peer-to-peer warfare but rather to respond to gray-zone actions used by revisionist powers to change the international order without provoking conventional war.  Mechanisms to identify and to counter these efforts to harm or interfere in civil security, communications, civility, or elections do not currently exist. But well-trained police forces and internal security organizations, not military forces, may offer the best response.  Many police organizations are incapable of providing the necessary protections against gray-zone activities. Nonetheless, NATO may be able to conduct crisis management better by establishing a deployable police command."

Bottom Line Question -- Based on the Above: 

If we focus on the word "revisionist" -- found in both the second sentence of the first quoted item above (Mearsheimer, "International Security") -- and also in the second sentence of the second quoted item above (Pani and Finkenbinder, "Parameters") -- then does this mean that:

a.  "The United States and its allies" (see Mearsheimer), post-the Old Cold War, were and indeed still are stability-destroying "revisionist powers?"    And that, accordingly, 

b.  "NATO" (see Pani and Finkenbinder) -- first and foremost -- needs to find a way to police itself?