Accession Number : ADA325405

Title :   NATO Expansion and the Baltic States.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Trampenau, Timothy R.

PDF Url : ADA325405

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 146

Abstract : The thesis examines the prospects for the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) in the NATO expansion process. To provide historical perspective, previous NATO expansions and recent official NATO policies towards expansion are reviewed. Actions and deliberations in the Baltic states regarding NATO expansion are examined to set the stage for the most critical elements of the analysis, the American and Russian positions. The decisive influence of American leadership within NATO is assessed, and views on NATO expansion within the American body politic and the elected leadership are surveyed. The role of Russian opposition to NATO expansion, and more importantly, the sources of this opposition within the Russian political elites are examined, with particular attention to the formal decision-making structure and internal political dynamics. Finally, the thesis assesses the probable effect of alternative forms of NATO expansion on European security and stability.

Descriptors :   *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *BALTIC COUNTRIES, NATO, STABILITY, POLICIES, POLITICAL SCIENCE, DECISION MAKING, LEADERSHIP, DYNAMICS, SECURITY, THESES, HISTORY, RUSSIA, EXPANSION, ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE