Holding the center: Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia
Baltic bonds: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Balkan partners: Romania and Bulgaria
Conclusions and recommendations.
In the post 9/11 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. (source: Nielsen Book Data)