Accession Number : ADA322528

Title :   A Comparative Study of Systemic and Domestic Factors Affecting NATO Enlargement to Central Europe.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Larsen, Daniel S.

PDF Url : ADA322528

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 231

Abstract : NATO enlargement is the most contentious issue affecting the European security environment. Given that it is likely to occur, it is the responsibility of policy analysts and leaders to consider both the expected benefits for and the possible consequences of enlargement upon the overall security environment. To do this, policy makers must have the tools to explore all aspects of the issue. This study attempts to provide three such tools. First, case studies provide a view of some of the systemic and state level shaping affecting the debate in Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the United States. Second, the study pits contending theories of these levels of analysis against each other to see if one does a better job of explaining/predicting state behavior. Finally, the study gives an overview of several policy implications of enlargement, including: how security guarantees will be extended to new members; possible Russian reactions to enlargement; and, strategies for enlargement to ameliorate the expected adverse reaction of the Russians. How NATO expands will direct influence how the Russians react.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY, *INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, NATO, EUROPE, UNITED STATES, POLICIES, ENVIRONMENTS, SECURITY, CASE STUDIES, GUARANTEES, RESPONSE, ADVERSE CONDITIONS, RUSSIA, BEHAVIOR, DOMESTIC, POLAND, ANALYSTS, HUNGARY, CENTRAL EUROPE.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE