Are the relationships that the United States forged with North and Central Europe during the Cold War still viable today? As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) declines and the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) emerges, can the United States and Europe bridge the transatlantic fissures that opened when the United States prepared to go to war with Iraq? In a post-9/11 world, North and Central Europe have had to adapt their national security policies and rethink their relationship with the United States. In an in-depth look at the security policies of the states in North and Central Europe, Andrew Michta highlights how historical legacies, regional geostrategic constraints, and individual capabilities have shaped their response to the new environment. Michta raises the broad question of whether traditional alliances and NATO are still viable ways to deal with new security concerns. The two key questions that arise from this discussion are to what extent NATO still matters to the United States, beyond its political utility, and whether the European Union as a whole can become a partner for the United States in a new security environment. The Limits of Alliance argues that, although NATO will continue to exist in the coming decade, the hollowing-out of the alliance will be accompanied by a shift in transatlantic security relations toward bilateralism determined by regional security considerations.
About the Author
Andrew A. Michta is the Mertie W. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College in Tennessee, currently teaching as professor of national security studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany.
Table of ContentsChapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Geostrategic Reconfiguration of North and Central Europe Chapter 3 The Linchpin: Germany and Poland Chapter 4 The Northern Boundary: Scandinavia Chapter 5 The Northeastern Littoral: Russia and the Baltic States Chapter 6 American Policy toward North and Central Europe Before and after 9/11 Chapter 7 Conclusion