Opening NATO's Door: How the Alliance Remade Itself for a New Era

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NOTE ON SOURCES

This book was written under an executive order signed by the Secretary of State granting the author access to the U.S. Department of State's archives. While it is not unusual for former officials to consult government records while writing historical accounts, it is unusual to cite these records as a professional historian would. In doing so, I have followed the precedent set by Philip Zelikow and Condoleezza Rice in Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft.

My archival access was limited to the Department of State. However, those archives contain documents from other government agencies—e.g., the National Security Council or Department of Defense—circulated for interagency consultations or to U.S. Embassies abroad. The records I cite remain classified and will remain unavailable to the public for the time being. I am able to refer to them because the references themselves were determined not to reveal any secrets. Until they are declassified, scholars will have to take on faith that I have used the evidence fairly.

As a scholar, I recognize the dilemma that colleagues will not have immediate access to the same sources. But not to have cited my sources could have left the reader, as well as future scholars, even more frustrated. The issue of privileged access is not a new one. Papers or materials held by private persons or institutions are often made available with restrictions. The documents I have

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  • Opening NATO's Door - How the Alliance Remade Itself for a New Era *
  • Contents vii
  • List of Illustrations xi
  • Foreword xv
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • Note on Sources xxi
  • Introduction xxiii
  • Opening Nato's Door xxxiii
  • Book I - The Origins 1
  • Book II - The Debate Begins 18
  • Book III - Across the Rubicon 58
  • Book IV - Establishing the Dual Track 99
  • Book V - Toward a New NATO 134
  • Book VI - The Nato-Russia Endgame 175
  • Book VII - Head-To-Head at Madrid 212
  • Book VIII - The Political Battle 251
  • Conclusion 289
  • Notes 307
  • Index 361
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