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1989 as a key year in history: a brief review. The cases of fundamental change. "The significance of 1989 is that the great struggle between collectivist ideology and the Western liberal tradition is practically decided. … now we must prepare for the new world of the 21st century … " A series of questions directed at the Atlantic Alliance and its future tasks. NATO's reaction to change. Tasks to be done. NATO as a political Alliance with political goals. Shaping events towards an Alliance vision. The subject of whether or not the Alliance is still necessary. Three pressing reasons why the Alliance will remain a fundamental instrument. NATO as an obstacle to overcoming the division of Europe? No, and why. Three main political tasks for NATO in the nineties. The 21st century as the age of the Atlantic civilisation and the Alliance as a primary tool to advance and defend the interests of the nations belong to that civilisation in a fast-moving world.