The Debate on NATO's Evolution
April 1, 2003
In order to better inform policymakers, as well as students, in the United States and Europe about the context, causes, and consequences of NATO's evolution, CSIS has conducted a comprehensive survey and analysis of the debate on NATO enlargement since the close of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet threat. This guidebook is the result of that survey and analysis. It provides an overview of the ongoing debate through condensed descriptions outlining the key factors in NATO's evolution since the early 1990s. It is meant to serve as a general guide to the various texts, positions, and arguments on that evolution--helpfully framing many of the issues confronting the alliance, issues that will preoccupy Washington and other allied capitals in the years ahead.
Margarita Assenova is a political analyst and journalist, who served as a research consultant for the CSIS Eastern Europe Project.