Defending Eastern Europe: The Defense Policies of New NATO and Eu Member States (Hardcover)
Following the passage of the fifteenth and twentieth anniversaries of the entry of many former communist states into both NATO and the EU in 2019, this book takes a comprehensive look at the changed security conditions of these new member states. How has NATO and EU membership improved their overall defense protection, and what elements are still missing for them on an individual state basis? Utilising alliance politics theory, convergence/divergence theory, and defense policy theory, Lubecki and Peterson provide an invaluable assessment of defense policies, from the stable East Central European states to the most jeopardized Baltic states in the north of Europe. With chapters on the Cold War defense conditions during the last two decades of Soviet domination, the post 1989-91 transformations in the direction of democracy, and the impact of the 2014 Ukraine-Russia-Crimea crisis, this book is essential reading for those seeking to understand the changed landscape of European politics in the twenty-first century.
About the Author
James W. Peterson is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Valdosta State University Jacek Lubecki is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Georgia Southern University