The geostrategic reconfiguration of North and Central Europe
The linchpin: Germany and Poland
The northern boundary: Scandinavia
The northeastern littoral: Russia and the Baltic states
American policy toward North and Central Europe before and after September 11, 2001.
"The Limits of Alliance" surveys the security policies of the states in North and Central Europe, in the context of the declining North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the emerging European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP). It analyzes U.S. policy toward the region, and examines the continued viability of alignments inherited from the Cold War era. It concludes that although in the coming decade NATO will continue to exist, the hollowing-out of the alliance will be accompanied by a shift in transatlantic security relations toward bilateralism determined by regional security considerations. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
From the NVA to the Bundeswehr: bringing the East Germans into NATO / Dale R. Herspring
Poland: a linchpin of regional security / Andrew A. Michta
Hungary: an outpost on the troubled periphery / Zoltan Barany
The Czech Republic: a small contributor or a "free rider"? / Thomas S. Szayna
NATO enlargement: policy, process, and implications / Sean Kay
Conclusion: making the pieces fit / Andrew A. Michta.
'"America's New Allies" gives readers an informative and incisive analysis of the contribution that NATO's three new members will be making to enhance Euro-Atlantic security. The book provides a timely refutation to all the nay-sayers who failed to understand that NATO's enlargement greatly enhances the prospects of a secure and peaceful Europe' - Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center for Strategic and International Studies.'By examining the expansion of NATO as a process of post-communist integration, "America's New Allies" makes a significant contribution to our understanding of East Central Europe's role in our common security future' - Norman M. Naimark, Stanford University."America's New Allies" comprehensively analyzes the strengths and liabilities that accompany the 1999 addition of three former Soviet satellite nations - Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic - to the ranks of the 16-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This controversial enlargement of NATO formalizes the new geopolitical realities in Eastern Europe and forces the U.S. military to confront the prospect of defending these former enemies against armed attack. This round of enlargement is part of a larger restructuring of NATO underway since the end of the Cold War and tested by NATO's 1999 action in Kosovo.The current enlargement - together with the prospect of adding other countries to NATO and the unprecedented institutional challenges highlighted during the Kosovo conflict - represents a defining moment for the emerging post-Cold War security architecture and, in turn, for the long-term relationship between the United States and Europe. The issues discussed in "America's New Allies" will be vigorously debated for years to come. Andrew A. Michta is professor of international studies at Rhodes College in Memphis. Other contributors include Dale Herspring, Kansas State University; Thomas Szanya, RAND Corporation's International Studies Group; Zoltan Barany, University of Texas at Austin; and Sean Kay, Rhodes College. (source: Nielsen Book Data)