Previous Projects

Central And East Europe's Security Agenda

The CSIS New European Democracies Project (NEDP) and the CSIS Defense Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) have teamed-up to launch a new forum on salient security challenges impacting the states of the Central and East European (CEE) region. The key strategic issues to be addressed through the Forum’s activities include: Pan-European security priorities; Defense industrial base integration/modernization; Challenges to the formulation of an EU security and defense identity; Internal and external challenges to NATO transformation; Collaborative EU and NATO strategies toward frozen conflicts in the Black Sea region; the role of Russia, as well as a number of other political and social factors affecting the Central and East European countries.

Regional Cooperation and Economic Development in Southeast Europe

The aim of the project is to generate specific recommendations for public and private players to facilitate economic development and regional cooperation among all countries in the Balkans. The period of stabilization is drawing to a close and the states of Southeastern Europe face new economic and social challenges which stagnate growth and slow the path to Euroatlantic integration. During the next decade, these issues will require a more comprehensive long-term strategy for attracting investment, developing private enterprise, generating employment, and improving living standards. Most present policy instruments applied by international institutions remain premised on the concepts of foreign aid and post-conflict reconstruction. They have been successful in subduing state violence and ethnic tension, but are inadequate in addressing the roots of social instability and economic disparity.

America's New Allies

This project critically assesses the U.S.-CEE relationship with intensive focus on the post-9/11 time period. The project will analyze evolving foreign and security policies among Europe's newest democracies in the context of both NATO and EU enlargement. It will assess the depth and breadth of support for Washington among recent NATO members who entered the EU in May 2004 or are scheduled to accede in 2007. The project will examine the impact that EU membership will have on the foreign policy orientations of these states and how, in turn, the new members will affect the EU's evolving foreign and security policy. Through a series of forums, roundtables, policy debates, and a comprehensive CSIS monograph, the project will offer policy prescriptions for consolidating and strengthening trans-Atlantic relations with the help of America's New Allies.

U.S.-Montenegrin Policy Forum

This project addresses significant issues facing the republic of Montenegro, including the pending question of statehood. The CSIS U.S.-Montenegrin Policy Forum brings together on a regular basis, both in Washington D.C. and in Podgorica, policymakers, regional specialists, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and business leaders to offer viable recommendations for the U.S. and Montenegrin governments.

Policy Roundtables

U.S.-Romania: New Allies, New Challenges

This project aims to place the U.S.-Romanian relationship in the context of a rapidly changing global security environment and to discern how best to educate the Romanian public on these vital issues. The initiative is a collaborative effort of the CSIS New European Democracies Project and The Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Post-Conference Recommendations

U.S.-Slovak Security and Foreign Policy Working Group

This project examines the challenges facing the Slovak Republic as the country works within European political, economic, and security structures. In working closely with Slovak government, NGO community, and policymakers, the project offers a forum for addressing important issues facing the country. The initiative is a collaborative effort of the CSIS New European Democracies Project and Friends of Slovakia (FOS).

NATO's Evolution: Lessons Learned

This databank systematically chronicled NATO issues through policy statements, speeches, and security assessments until early 2001. A guide to the NATO debate was published in March 2003 to promote a more informed understanding of the process of decision-making and the evolution of perceptions on NATO's enlargement.
The Debate on NATO's Evolution - A Guidebook