Open Door: NATO and Euro-Atlantic Security After the Cold War

edited by Daniel S. Hamilton and Kristina Spohr

NATO’s decision to open itself to new members and new missions is one of the most contentious and least understood issues of the Post-Cold War world.

This book, an unusual and intriguing blend of memoirs and scholarship, takes us back to the decade when those momentous decisions were made. Former senior officials from the United States, Russia, Western and Eastern Europe who were directly involved in the decisions of that time describe their considerations, concerns, and pressures. They are joined by scholars who have been able to draw on newly declassified archival sources to revisit NATO’s evolving role in the 1990s.

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Authors include:

Madeleine K. Albright Liviu Horovitz Volker Rühe
John-Michael Arnold Géza Jeszenszky András Simonyi
Wesley K. Clark Elias Götz Jan Jireš Kristina Spohr
Benoit D’Aboville Stephan Kieninger Strobe Talbott
Stephen J. Flanagan John Kornblum Alexander Vershbow
Mircea Geoană László Kovács Karsten Voigt
Elias Götz Andrei Kozyrev Jenonne Walker
Daniel S. Hamilton Malcolm Rifkind Andrei Zagorski
Jan Havránek Jeremy D. Rosner Ryszard Zięba
Robert E. Hunter


List of Chapters:

Foreword by Madeleine K. Albright 

Introduction by Daniel S. Hamilton and Kristina Spohr

Part I: The Cold War Endgame and NATO Transformed

Chapter 1 – Piece of the Puzzle: NATO and Euro-Atlantic Architecture After the Cold War by Daniel S. Hamilton

Chapter 2 – Opening NATO and Engaging Russia: NATO’s Two Tracks and the Establishment of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council by Stephan Kieninger

Chapter 3 – The George H.W. Bush Administration’s Policies vis-à-vis Central Europe: From Cautious Encouragement to Cracking Open NATO’s Door by Liviu Horovitz

Chapter 4 – NATO From Liaison to Enlargement: A Perspective from the State Department and the National Security Council 1990–1999 by Stephen J. Flanagan

Part II: Pushing to Join the West

Chapter 5 – NATO Enlargement: Anchor in a Safe Harbor by Géza Jeszenszky

Chapter 6 – Hungary’s Motivations and Steps on its Path to Enter the
Euro-Atlantic Community by László Kovács

Chapter 7 – NATO Enlargement: Like Free Solo Climbing by András Simonyi

Chapter 8 – Václav Havel and NATO: Lessons of Leadership for the Atlantic Alliance by Jan Havránek & Jan Jireš

Chapter 9 – The 20th Anniversary of Poland’s Accession to NATO by Ryszard Zięba

Part III: Opening NATO’s Door

Chapter 10 – Opening NATO’s Door by Volker Rühe

Chapter 11 – NATO Enlargement: Perspective of a German Politician by Karsten D. Voigt

Chapter 12 – Enlarging NATO: The Initial Clinton Years by Jenonne Walker

Chapter 13 – Redrawing the Maps: Rethinking Atlantic Security in the 1990s by John C. Kornblum

Chapter 14 – Toward NATO Enlargement: The Role of USNATO by Robert E. Hunter

Chapter 15 – New Members, New Missions: NATO and Euro-Atlantic Architecture in the Second Clinton Administration by Daniel S. Hamilton

Chapter 16 – Winning Congressional and Public Support for NATO Enlargement, and the Political Psychology of Collective Defense by Jeremy D. Rosner

Part IV: A Place for Russia?

Chapter 17 – Bill, Boris, and NATO by Strobe Talbott

Chapter 18 – Present at the Transformation: An Insider’s Reflection on NATO Enlargement, NATO-Russia Relations, and Where We Go from Here by Alexander Vershbow

Chapter 19 – Russia and NATO Enlargement: An Insider’s Account by Andrei Kozyrev

Chapter 20 – Russia and NATO in the 1990s by Andrei Zagorski

Chapter 21 – Explaining Russia’s Opposition to NATO Enlargement: Strategic Imperatives, Ideas, or Domestic Politics? by Elias Götz

Part V: The Russian Conundrum and the Balkan Backdrop

Chapter 22 – NATO Enlargement 20 Years On by Malcolm Rifkind

Chapter 23 – Beyond NATO Enlargement to Poland, the Czech Republic,
and Hungary: A French Reappraisal by Benoît d’Aboville

Chapter 24 – NATO Enlargement and Russia: A Military Perspective by Wesley K. Clark

Chapter 25 – Responsibilities of Alliance: Czech, Hungarian, and Polish
Contributions During and After NATO’s Kosovo Intervention by John-Michael Arnold

Chapter 26 – Renewing the Vows: NATO @70 by Mircea Geoană

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