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East European Studies Program of the
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Enlarging the Euro-Atlantic Space: Problems and Prospects for Northeastern and Southeastern EuropeA Euro-Atlantic Initiatives project by the Stanley Foundation and the East European Studies Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
MissionThe project will examine the impact NATO expansion and EU enlargement will have on the security environment in Northeastern and Southeastern Europe and its potential impact on US foreign policy.
IssuesBefore the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it was expected that the year 2002—with the upcoming NATO summit in Prague in November 2002—would witness great debate about NATO's enlargement and, to a lesser extent, about EU expansion and which countries might be considered. An especially contentious issue was whether the Baltic States would be admitted into NATO over the vocal objections of Russia and what would be the implications of such enlargement for security in Europe and NATO-Russia relations. After September 11, it appears that NATO and EU enlargement is not provoking the expected debate and will include a significant number of countries. However, real questions remain about how the enlargement of these two organizations will affect security in Central and Eastern Europe and whether the missions of NATO and the EU will have to change to accommodate growth.
OutcomesThe project will seek to address these and other issues that will result from NATO and EU enlargement and the potential impact enlargement will have on US foreign policy. By doing this, the project endeavors to provide US policymakers with a better understanding of the issues surrounding enlargement; build and strengthen contacts among US and European NATO, EU, and regional experts; and clarify policy options to sustain and strengthen the Euro-Atlantic partnership.
Martin C. Sletzinger
East European Studies
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
James S. Henderson
The Stanley Foundation