In the postD9/11 era of heightened security awareness, conflicting strategies for containing and combating security risks have strained relations between the United States and the European Union despite common goals. Atlantic Bridges argues that the U.S. must resist the temptation to focus its diplomatic efforts on bilateral agreements with those European countries in closest alignment to it, and instead use its dependable and durable partners among the central and eastern European states to develop more predictable and productive relations with the EU for the sake of long-term stability.
Janusz Bugajski is director of the New European Democracies Project and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. His books include Cold Peace: Russia's New Imperialism (2004), Political Parties of Eastern Europe: A Guide to Politics in the Post-Communist Era (2002), and Toward an Understanding of Russia: New European Perspectives (2002). Ilona Teleki is deputy director of the New European Democracies Project and a fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.
Chapter 1 Introduction. New Allies, New Challenges Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Strategic Choices: NATO and EU Membership Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Transatlantic Connections Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Poland: The Key to Central Europe Chapter 5 Chapter 4. Holding the Center: Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia Chapter 6 Chapter 5. Baltic Bonds: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania Chapter 7 Chapter 6. Balkan Partners: Romania and Bulgaria Chapter 8 Chapter 7. Conclusions and Recommendations