Accession Number : ADA312716

Title :   On the Perceived Obstacles to NATO Enlargement.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Rozsa, Andrea

PDF Url : ADA312716

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 138

Abstract : All too often when the issue of NATO enlargement is raised some of the current members object to it due to one of several preconceptions. The more common objections include the potential members' perceived domestic and economic problems, the various disputes betwem these countries themselves, and the adverse position Russia has taken regarding the question. The author intends to show that present requirements, as set forth in the September 1995 'Study on NATO Enlargement,' were not applied to previous enlargements, a fact that raises the question of fairness in present members' expectations. Furthermore, by exarnining three alternative scenarios for Russia in the fliture, it will be shown that none of these suggests that the issue of enlargement should be dropped. Finally, the study of Hungary, a country representing a 'middle ground' among the so-called 'Visegrad four,' will demonstrate that Hungary is closer today to complying with the strict expectations set forth in the document than previously added members were, although their task was much less demanding. This implies that stereotypes are involved in resistance to NATO enlargement, which should be set aside if only to secure a more stable regional environment in Europe.

Descriptors :   *NATO, *EXPANSION, POLITICAL SCIENCE, NATIONAL SECURITY, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, THESES, RUSSIA, HUNGARY, EAST WEST RELATIONS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE