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

By Ronald D. Asmus | Go to book overview

Book V
TOWARD A NEW NATO

In early December 1995, NATO Foreign and Defense Ministers gathered in Brussels for a rare joint meeting. They looked back at one of the most dramatic years in Alliance history. NATO had gone to war for the first time ever to help end nearly five years of ethnic conflict in Bosnia. Alliance ground troops were preparing to deploy for the first time ever beyond Alliance borders to help secure the peace in that war-ravaged country—alongside those of Moscow. As Secretary of State Warren Christopher told his colleagues, “For NATO this is, without exaggeration, a moment worthy of being called historic.” 1

NATO enlargement was not out of the spotlight. The drama of Bosnia and President Clinton's pledge to Boris Yeltsin to keep the issue out of the upcoming Russian Presidential elections had ensured that. But the Alliance's preparations were nonetheless moving ahead. The Alliance enlargement study had been completed on time and NATO now offered so-called “intensified dialogues” as the next step to those countries seeking membership. Following a meeting with Central and East European Foreign Ministers at the Ministerial, Christopher wrote Clinton underscoring the positive impact the prospect of enlargement was having in the region—and why it was essential that the process move forward in spite of Russian opposition and the doubts of some of Washington's allies. As Romanian Foreign Minister Melescanu had told the

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Table of contents

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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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