Land rush: American grand strategy, NATO enlargement, and European fragmentation
Author(s)van Hooft, Paul Alexander
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This article argues that NATO enlargement, while stabilizing Central and Eastern Europe, still undermined other aspects of European security over the long term. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, US administrations pursued three ambitious policies: they expanded NATO, but also its geographic scope, and they ensured that no alternative European security architectures could compete with NATO. Through interviews with US officials, the article shows a preoccupation with instability in Europe and elsewhere, an institutional predisposition to maintaining the centrality of NATO, and a lack of constraints on US policies by Russia or Europe. In the end, these contradictory policies diluted European strategic cohesion and overburdened European militaries, while expanding the commitments inherent to the alliance.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for International Studies
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van Hooft, Paul Alexander et al. "Land rush: American grand strategy, NATO enlargement, and European fragmentation." International Politics 57, 3 (March 2020): 530–553 © 2020 Springer Nature Limited
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