Events at the end of the 1980s not only compelled the collapse of the international order prevailing at the time, but also put questions on the agenda as to the sense of the very existence, or the redefining of the role, of the international organisations existing hitherto. The December 1991 NATO summit in Rome and the adoption of the Alliance's Strategic Concept served as a manifestation of the member states' interest in the organisation's continued existence. Meanwhile, several Central and Eastern European countries were indicating their willingness to join the Alliance. The article comprises an analysis of selected texts covering the issue and published in two American weeklies, 'Time' and 'Newsweek', during Bill Clinton's first term as President. It is also an attempt to answer the question as to whether there was simply one point of view as regards the enlargement of NATO, or whether the publications under research presented a wide range of standpoints on the matter. The evaluation takes into account not only the degree of the two weeklies' interest in the issue, but also their attitude toward American diplomatic efforts regarding the accession of the new states to NATO.