European Union And Nato Expansion: Central and Eastern Europe

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byAinius Lasas

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Following the disintegration of the Soviet bloc, many Central and Eastern European Countries launched a vigorous “return to Europe” campaign, which primarily focused on accession to NATO and the European Union. By 2007, ten countries became members of the Euro-Atlantic community, personifying the long-awaited reunification and reconciliation of Europe. The book argues that the EU and NATO eastern enlargements represent a settlement of historical-psychological accounts for countries affected by the “black trinity”: the Munich Agreement, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and the Yalta-Potsdam Conferences.

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Following the disintegration of the Soviet bloc, many Central and Eastern European Countries launched a vigorous “return to Europe” campaign, which primarily focused on accession to NATO and the European Union. By 2007, ten countries became members of the Euro-Atlantic community, personifying the long-awaited reunification and reconcil...

Ainius Lašas is Postdoctoral Fellow at the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace in Tokyo. He is the co-author of “Continuity and Change in the Baltic Sea Region: Comparing Foreign Policies” (2008). He has published in Journal of European Public Policy, East European Politics and Societies and Journal of Baltic Studies.
Format:PerfectDimensions:213 pages, 8.3 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:April 27, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230100015

ISBN - 13:9780230100015

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Introduction: Explaining NATO and EU Enlargement  * The “Black Trinity” and the Cold War * NATO Enlargement * EU Enlargement

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“In a provocative and well-documented comparative analysis of NATO and EU enlargements, Lašas provides a compelling explanation for the timing and scope of institutional expansions. This book engages the most salient debates in contemporary IR theorizing--from historical legacies to the role of norms, interests, and identities.”--Christine Ingebritsen, University of Washington“Lašas offers an insightful account of the role of history and morality in European integration specifically and international politics in general. He provides an in-depth analysis of how domestic actors in both ‘East’ and ‘West’ negotiated the fundamental transformation from behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ to within the European Union, and in so doing, offers a fresh critique of the legacy of the Cold War on EU and NATO enlargement.”--David Galbreath, University of Aberdeen“This book makes the novel argument that the EU and NATO were enlarged primarily because key Western states felt guilt about earlier abuse suffered by the states of Central and Eastern Europe during the ‘black trinity’ of Munich, Molotov-Ribbentrop, and Yalta. The book is certain to provoke a spirited response from defenders of interest and norm-based theories.”--Wade Jacoby, Brigham Young University