After a hiatus of fifty years, France had finally allowed the US to build a small, largely symbolic, NATO base.
In 1999, Yugoslavian Serbs donned paper bullseye targets to protest a bombing by NATO.
Many of his novels are considered techno-thrillers due to unique weaponry and special software programs and the threat of war by different factions like NATO and USSR.
One particularly impressive study was conducted in Nato City, Japan using a robotic baby seal named Paro.
If NATO didn't exist today, no one would propose creating it.
Almost three-quarters of all defense spending occurs within NATO countries, meaning the alliance is largely the only military show in town.
If NATO is responsible for the bulk of the world's military spending and NATO no longer has the stomach for full-on war with modern states, then large-scale war seems less likely.
Some have questioned whether Friedman's thesis is 100 percent true, mentioning NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia as a potential exception.
Unless one can somehow imagine NATO countries going to war with each other, such as Belgium invading the United Kingdom, it is hard to see how "world wars" could escalate outside of NATO member countries.