NATO's quickly evolving relationship with Central and Eastern Europe is forming a new basis for security in the region. Enlargement into the former-Soviet bloc, the conflict over Kosovo, and developing foreign and domestic events are drastically changing the technical aspects of security management, the perceptions of security held by the region's countries, and the actual security situation on the ground. Almost NATO broadly examines the region's current security situation and specifically explores NATO's relationship with Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and the Baltic states-all non-members, but each with its own expectations for membership and relationship to the organization. Russia's interaction with NATO since the end of the Cold War and that country's crucial role in the region's future rounds out the regional coverage. The book's connective tissue is a broader concept of security that encompasses the European Union, environmental concerns, minority issues, and economic and political performance as Europe moves into the 21st century.
The interrelationship and significance of varied concepts of security are summarized and further developed in the concluding chapter, along with an effort to place developments in the region within a more theoretical perspective. The result is a book of significant breadth and substantial utility, one invaluable to readers trying to understand the region and NATO's role in its security.
Charles Krupnick is professor of national security studies at the U.S. Army War College.
Chapter 1 1 Introduction: NATO and the Longue Duree Chapter 2 2 The New NATO and Central and Eastern Europe: Managing European Security in the Twenty-first Century Chapter 3 3 Slovakia and Security at the Center of Europe Chapter 4 4 Slovenia and NATO Enlargement: Twists, Turns, and Endless Frustrations Chapter 5 5 Bulgarian Armed Forces and National Security Policy: Shaping the Security Environment in Southeastern Europe Chapter 6 6 Romania and NATO: The National-Regional Security Nexus Chapter 7 7 NATO's Strategic Engagement with Ukraine in Europe's Security Buffer Zone Chapter 8 8 Russia and NATO after the Cold War Chapter 9 9 The Baltic States: In Search of Security and Identity Chapter 10 10 NATO and Security Sectors in Central and Eastern Europe