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A new cognizance of the WMD threat

The 11 January 1994 NATO Summit in Brussels was a milestone in the alliance’s adaptation to the security challenges of the post-Cold War era. Heads of state and government made it clear that that former East Bloc countries were eligible to join NATO, and they launched the Partnership for Peace (PfP), a program through which aspiring member countries and others would be able to cooperate with the alliance on political and military matters. The summit called for further adaptation of NATO’s structures to reflect its expanding role and the gradual emergence of a “European Security and Defence Identity.”1