European Security in the 1990s

European Security in the 1990s

Author: W. Laqueur

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781489935762

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 218

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Rarely if ever have the political, economic, and military foundations of the Western Alliance been in such a state of flux. Walter Laqueur and Leon Sloss, therefore, deserve credit not just for the quality of the analysis in this superb book but also for the timeliness of its appearance. As Laqueur says in his chapter "Touring the Western European Defense Hori zon," if the likely development of European defense policies is not particularly reassuring, at least it gives no grounds for despair. The list of problems we face is a daunting one. First there is the spiralling cost of defense expenditures, particularly in the absence of significant NATO or inter-European cooperation. This is particu larly serious in light of the reluctance to increase, or even maintain, current expen ditures in the midst of Mikhail Gorbachev's "peace offensive" and the extraordinary changes in Eastern Europe, both of which have had a dramatic impact on Western public opinion. There is also a problem in the perceived relative economic decline of the United States vis-a-vis Western Europe and Japan, which only exacerbates calls to reduce the number of American troops in Europe. Other dangers to the political cohesion and military credibility of the alliance include demographic trends that threaten current manpower levels, transatlantic acrimony over the burden-sharing issue, and political pressures (particularly in West Germany) toward denucleariza tion and even neutralism.
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Language: en
Pages: 338
Authors: Theodore Couloumbis, Stelios Stavridis, Thanos Veremis, Neville Waites
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-27 - Publisher: Springer

The book analyses the foreign policies of EU Mediterranean states and applicants in the context of wider EU-Mediterranean relations. It provides a unique comparative analysis of current members and applicant Mediterranean states in the 1990s at a time when EU processes of enlargement and integration raise fundamental needs to define
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Language: en
Pages: 216
Authors: Michael Charles Pugh
Categories: Europe
Type: BOOK - Published: 1992 - Publisher: Manchester University Press

This work covers the period from the end of the Cold War to the end of the century, and specifically addresses the roles of the United States and the Soviet Union, European Community security police, Germany's role as bridge or frontier between East and West and transnational processes.
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Language: en
Pages: 644
Authors: Douglas J. Murray, Paul R. Viotti
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994 - Publisher: JHU Press

Now in its third edition, The Defense Policies of Nations has been thoroughly updated to take into account the dramatic developments of recent years: the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the resurgence of East Asian powers, the emergence of newly independent nations in Eastern Europe, the continuing instability of the
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Language: en
Pages: 339
Authors: Holly Wyatt-Walter
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-27 - Publisher: Springer

This book shows how the relationship between security and integration in Western Europe depends upon an enduring implicit bargain between the US and its European allies. Despite internal and external pressures to develop a European security and defence identity distinct from NATO in the 1980s and 1990s, EC member states
Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region
Language: en
Pages: 204
Authors: Pertti Joenniemi
Categories: Law
Type: BOOK - Published: 1993 - Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Generates new concepts of economic, military and environmental security for the Baltic and discusses a future agenda for the region with ideas for policies which are needed but which, in many cases, do not exist.