Defense policies of East-Central European countries after 1989

Creating stability in a time of uncertainty

By James W. Peterson and Jacek Lubecki

Defense policies of East-Central European countries after 1989


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1045-9
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: January 2019
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics, Society & social sciences / International relations, Politics, International relations, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European


The 2014 Ukrainian-Crimean crisis has raised serious questions in the West about Russian motivations and future policy directions. Now more than ever, it is imperative to explore the defensive perceptions, reactions, and preparations of neighbouring countries, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. Is there a convergence of their approaches along similar paths, or do their different cultures and historical experiences prefigure a divergence of their defense policies? While Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic all seem to have little concern about Russia's policies in Ukraine, the Polish response has been uniquely strong and militarized. This book will explore reasons for the different responses to the crisis.


Introduction and overview
1 Theoretical framework: liberalism, realism and constructivism
2 Empires and peripheries: security and defense realities of East-Central Europe
3 Communism and late communism: from forced convergence to divergence
4 The Czech Republic: a reluctant ally
5 Hungary: imperial legacies and post-imperial realities
6 Poland: return to the West?
7 Slovakia: politics from the periphery
8 Recapitulation: from convergence to divergence and back?


James W. Peterson is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Valdosta State University

Jacek Lubecki is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Georgia Southern University

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