Nato Enlargement Debate, 1990-1997

Overview

Countless editorials have addressed the if, how, why, when, and who dimensions of NATO enlargement. These issues will continue to generate debate despite the Madrid summit decisions and will invariably influence legislators in discharging their historic responsibility to provide advice and consent to ratification of the protocols of accession before April 1999. Congressman Solomon's volume will help place these issues in perspective, answer the skeptics of enlargement, and provide the missing historical context ...

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Overview

Countless editorials have addressed the if, how, why, when, and who dimensions of NATO enlargement. These issues will continue to generate debate despite the Madrid summit decisions and will invariably influence legislators in discharging their historic responsibility to provide advice and consent to ratification of the protocols of accession before April 1999. Congressman Solomon's volume will help place these issues in perspective, answer the skeptics of enlargement, and provide the missing historical context for the profound geopolitical challenge of European security on the cusp of the 21st century.

He begins by reviewing NATO's initial response, from 1989 to 1990, to the collapse of the Warsaw Pact. The early moves from outreach toward enlargement are then explored, and then he examines how NATO sought to combine the two strands of prospective enlargement while engaging nations not seeking NATO membership, especially Russia, to prepare for coalition operations and the spread of democratic security values. Next he analyzes how the Partnership for Peace concept eventually progressed toward the decisions to invite the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland to join the alliance by 1999. Important reading for scholars, policymakers, and citizens concerned with current strategic and international relations issues.

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A study of the debate surrounding the expansion of NATO in the post-Cold War political landscape. The author, a US Representative who has served as a member of the House Task Force on National Defense Policy, looks at such events as the attempted coup against Gorbachev in 1991, various summits at which expansion has been a key issue, and the possibility of inclusion in NATO of such states as the Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275962890
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/1998
  • Series: Washington Papers Series
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

REPRESENTATIVE GERALD B. SOLOMON (R-NY) is chairman of the Rules Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and vice president of the North Atlantic Assembly, the NATO parliamentarians' organization in Brussels.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Falling Satellites 6
The Hand of Friendship 7
The "Coup" against Gorbachev 12
The North Atlantic Cooperation Council 13
An Arms-Length Friendship? 15
Peacekeeping 17
2 Beyond Cooperation 19
Associate Allies? 19
Encounter in Warsaw and the Secret Letter 23
A Concrete Perspective 24
3 Partnership for Peace 26
A Fresh Breeze from Evere 26
The Allies 30
Travemunde 32
4 The Brussels Summit 37
Presentation 43
Aftermath 46
5 A Special Partnership 53
Main Parameters 56
Consultations "as Appropriate" 58
6 How and Why 62
Reassurance 62
Puzzling Evidence 65
A Process of Examination 70
7 From Noordwijk to Brussels 74
Cold Peace? 79
The Enlargement Study 85
8 Intensified Dialogue 88
Warning Signs 92
The NATO Enlargement Facilitation Act 99
9 Endgame Afoot 102
One or More 102
Enhanced Partnership 106
The NATO-Russia Act 111
Ukraine 120
Affordable Stability? 121
Closing Arguments 123
10 From Paris to Madrid: The Defining Moment 129
Conclusion and Recommendations 139
App. A Madrid Declaration on Euro-Atlantic Security and Cooperation, July 8, 1997 143
App. B Chronology of Principal Events 148
App. C Fundamental Principles of NATO Enlargement 160
App. D Signatories to the Partnership for Peace 161
App. E Benefits of NATO Enlargement 162
App. F Focus of Pre-Accession Military Work 163
Notes 164
Selected Bibliography 179
Index 183
About the Author 191
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