The Future of NATO Expansion: Four Case Studies

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The Future of NATO Expansion: Four Case Studies

Zoltan Barany

Cambridge University Press, 2003

Events in Europe have continued to advance since August 2003 when this book was published, but this study of the problems facing the incorporation of Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia into NATO remains relevant. Indeed, the author also touches on the lessons presently being learned from the incorporation of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, and openly asserts that these latter countries are already liabilities rather than assets to the Alliance.

Zoltan Barany, a professor of government at the University of Texas, and a specialist in East European affairs, has provided us with a text that is valuable in that it presents an in-depth survey of the postcommunist economic performance and security situation, civil-military relations, and the political tensions inherent within the four countries and in their relations with their neighbors.

Barany's personal view is that NATO should proceed more slowly in incorporating Central and East European countries within the Alliance. He regards the state of the existing military forces of the countries he has studied to be incompatible with modern warfare and the level of sophisticated combat equipment and techniques maintained by NATO, a criticism which is particularly true in the case of Bulgaria. …


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