Europe in Transition: The Management of Security after the Cold War

Europe in Transition: The Management of Security after the Cold War

Europe in Transition: The Management of Security after the Cold War

Europe in Transition: The Management of Security after the Cold War

Synopsis

This volume draws together and analyzes the changing conditions in Europe since the momentous events of 1989 and 1990. The dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, the attempted coup d'etat against Gorbachev, and violence in Yugoslavia are only a few of the events that have shaken the foundations of European and international affairs. The studies included provide insight into the most important aspects of European security, including military, economic, and political issues and also assess both North American and European perspectives about contemporary events and future scenarios.

Excerpt

Following the momentous events of 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell, an historic wave of change gathered momentum over Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, the attempted coup d'état against Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow and the violence in Yugoslavia were only a few of the events that shook the foundations of European and international affairs. These events raised implications for the management of security conditions in Europe that are extensive and unprecedented.

It became clear to all Western leaders and observers that the old, encrusted institutions had to be revitalized and redirected if they were to guide Europe's journey to a new and unknown destination. It was in this atmosphere of excitement and change that members of the Committee on Atlantic Studies, including scholars from Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Britain, Canada, and the United States, met at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in the fall of 1990. Europe in Transition: the Management of Security After the Cold War reflects the stimulating discussions that began at that meeting and continued over the following months, as participants shared information and perspectives and assessments on the new security issues suddenly confronting the world. in these next few months the Soviet Union was dismantled: Communist institutions were banned, Gorbachev was disgraced, and eventually the union was replaced by a Commonwealth of Independent States. the chapters included here provide insights on the most important aspects of European security, including military, economic, and political questions, and also assess both North American and European perspectives about contemporary events and future scenarios.

The Committee on Atlantic Studies was established in 1964 to promote transatlantic dialogue on international issues. Since that time it has grown and regularly reaches well beyond its immediate membership, involving politicians,

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