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As NATO enlargement has become the highest U.S. foreign policy priority, fundamental issues have emerged about the role of this political-military institution and its impact on the future of European security. Tracing NATO's formative years, its Cold War development, and its postDCold War evolution, this book provides students and scholars alike with a detailed understanding of the relationship between a formal international institution and national security. Drawing on his policy experience in Brussels and Washington, the author provides unique insights into contemporary policy challenges, including NATO's outreach to the East and its Partnership for Peace, peacekeeping and the future of the Balkans, enlargement and the role of Russia in Europe, NATO's internal military adaptation, and the future of the transatlantic relationship. Kay argues that although NATO has evolved to some degree, it remains an institution dependent upon the United States with uncertain long-term prospects for playing a constructive role in Europe. Indeed, the author shows that if not implemented carefully, NATO enlargement may actually decrease rather than increase stability in the region. With its provocative challenges both to realist and institutionalist assumptions about NATO's capacity to adapt in the post-Cold War world, this book provides an invaluable perspective on Europe's future security.
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Sean Kay is chair of the international studies program and professor of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University.Review:
Kay has accurately chronicled the key developments that led to the enlargement of NATO as well as detailed many of the hurdles that will confront the Alliance as it attempts to integrate both new missions and new members. An excellent foundation from which all members of Congress can commence the debate over NATO’s purpose in the twenty-first century. (Richard G. Lugar)
Sean Kay’s review of NATO’s formative period, placed in the context of contemporary issues, will be especially useful to students, [and his] convincing analysis of post–Cold War issues, placed in the context of past decisions, will be valuable for practitioners. (Serfaty, Simon)
This book provides a useful summary of the state of the debate on Europe security. Kay provides an excellent summary of how the Atlantic Alliance has evolved in the last decade, judiciously combining detailed description with analysis of the issues. The book also provides a good summary and useful insights for those familiar with the alliance, but is also accessible for those seeking an introduction to the post-Cold War NATO. (Andrew Cotty International Affairs)
Sean Kay’s analysis of NATO’s past as well as its prospects for the future is as timely as it is important. As the Alliance approaches its fiftieth anniversary he has provided an impressively nuanced evaluation of how NATO has reached its present position and where it may go from here. Among the most successful achievements in his book is his persuasive treatment of NATO enlargement. (Kaplan, Lawrence S.)
An impressive contribution to the literature on NATO. I strongly recommend this work for all those interested in American foreign policy and European security issues. It could also be used in many undergraduate history and political science courses, as well as for further research on NATO. (Ryan C. Hendrickson Peace Review)
Kay draws on his extensive Department of Defense and academic experience to produce a thought-provoking overview of the key issues before the Euro-Atlantic community. Always irreverent but challenging, Kay has produced a no-nonsense volume that is a must read. (John Borawski)
This succinct analysis is especially relevant in the aftermath of the NATO bombing campaign in Yugoslavia. It is vividly portrayed, complete with authoritative support for its propositions, and most informative about the direction one might expect in future operations. (American Society Of International Law Newsletter)
A well-researched book that raises various key issues and questions, providing a useful insight into the problems and dilemmas facing NATO, the transatlantic alliance and European Security in the 21st Century. (German Politics)
This is a highly readable book that provides in-depth coverage of most of the major issues facing NATO during the first decade after the fall of the Berlin Wall. This book is a well-researched, balanced overview of NATO and its major challenges in the first decade after the end of the Cold War. (Contemporary Security Policy)
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Book Description Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0847690016