The optimistic vision of a “Europe whole and free” after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 has given way to disillusionment, bitterness, and renewed hostility between Russia and the West. In No Place for Russia, William H. Hill traces the development of the post–Cold War European security order to explain today’s tensions, showing how attempts to integrate Russia into a unified Euro-Atlantic security order were gradually overshadowed by the domination of NATO and the EU—at Russia’s expense.
Hill argues that the redivision of Europe has been largely unintended and not the result of any single decision or action. Instead, the current situation is the cumulative result of many decisions—reasonably made at the time—that gradually produced the current security architecture and led to mutual mistrust. Hill analyzes the United States’ decision to remain in Europe after the Cold War, the emergence of Germany as a major power on the continent, and the transformation of Russia into a nation-state, placing major weight on NATO’s evolution from an alliance dedicated primarily to static collective territorial defense into a security organization with global ambitions and capabilities. Closing with Russia’s annexation of Crimea and war in eastern Ukraine, No Place for Russia argues that the post–Cold War security order in Europe has been irrevocably shattered, to be replaced by a new and as-yet-undefined order.
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Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
1. From a Europe Divided to a Europe Whole and Free
2. Building the New World Order, 1990–1991
3. Building the New Institutions: NATO, the EU, and the OSCE
4. NATO and the EU Move East: Extending Stability, or New Divisions?
5. War Over Kosovo: The Parting of the Ways
6. New Millennium, New Threats
7. Colors of Revolution, Rivalry, and Discord
8. Russia Leaves the West: From Kosovo to Georgia
9. The Reset: One More Try
10. Things Fall Apart—Again!
11. Confrontation in Ukraine: War in Europe Again
12. The Future of European Security: The Past as Present