Title Open Door
Subtitle NATO and Euro-Atlantic Security After the Cold War
Author Daniel S. Hamilton, Kristina Spohr
ISBN 9781733733922
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 638
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Brookings Institution Press
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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.



Foreword (Madeleine K. Albright)

Introduction (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 (Daniel S. Hamilton)

Chapter 2. Opening NATO and Engaging Russia: NATO’s Two Tracks and the Establishment of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (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 (Liviu Horovitz)

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


Part II: Pushing to Join the West

Chapter 5. NATO Enlargement: Anchor in a Safe Harbor (Géza Jeszenszky)

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

Chapter 7. NATO Enlargement: Like Free Solo Climbing (András Simonyi)

Chapter 8. Václav Havel and NATO: Lessons of Leadership for the Atlantic Alliance (Jan Havránek & Jan Jireš)

Chapter 9. The 20th Anniversary of Poland’s Accession to NATO (Ryszard Zieba)


Part III: Opening NATO’s Door

Chapter 10. Opening NATO’s Door (Volker Rühe)

Chapter 11. NATO Enlargement: Perspective of a German Politician (Karsten D. Voigt)

Chapter 12. Enlarging NATO: The Initial Clinton Years (Jenonne Walker)

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

Chapter 14. Toward NATO Enlargement: The Role of USNATO (Robert E. Hunter)

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

Chapter 16. Winning Congressional and Public Support for NATO Enlargement, and the Political Psychology of Collective Defense (Jeremy D Rosne)


Part IV: A Place for Russia?

Chapter 17. Bill, Boris, and NATO (Strobe Talbott)

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

Chapter 19. Russia and NATO Enlargement: An Insider’s Account (Andrei Kozyrev)

Chapter 20. Russia and NATO in the 1990s (Andrei Zagorski)

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


Part V: The Russian Conundrum and the Balkan Backdrop

Chapter 22. NATO Enlargement 20 Years On (Malcolm Rifkind)

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

Chapter 24. NATO Enlargement and Russia: A Military Perspective (Wesley K. Clark)

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

Chapter 26. Renewing the Vows: NATO @ 70 (Mircea Geoana)

About the Authors

About the Editors:

Daniel S. Hamilton is the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He was the Founding Director of the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations and for 15 years he served as Executive Director of the American Consortium on EU Studies.

Kristina Spohr is Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. Normally she is on the faculty of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  She has authored several books and her latest one on the global exit from the Cold War entitled Post Wall, Post Square: Rebuilding the World after 1989 will appear with HarperCollins (UK) and Yale UP (USA) as well as in a German edition with DVA entitled Wendezeit: Die Neuordnung der Welt nach 1989 in fall 2019.

Target Audience:

This book is a highly unusual blend of memoir and scholarship that takes us back to the decade when “post-Wall Europe” was made. This book is useful for people interested in history, political science & international relations.

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