Defending Eastern Europe

The defense policies of new NATO and EU member states

Edited by Jacek Lubecki and James W. Peterson

Defending Eastern Europe


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4756-1
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: July 2021
  • BIC Category: European Politics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, Society & social sciences / Warfare & defence, Eastern Europe, EU (European Union), Nato


This book blends analysis of Eastern European security needs, foreign threats, political explosions, and aroused publics in theoretical ways that pave the way to stable future defense postures and commitments for each of them. How has NATO and EU membership improved their overall defense protection, and what ingredients are still missing for them on an individual state basis? Individual chapters treat clusters of states that make up the various regions of Eastern Europe. For example, the three threatened Baltic states in the north will receive careful analysis. Second, the complex array of states in the Balkan area of Southeastern Europe merit examination, for their security conditions have been quite varied and diverse. For some, NATO and EU membership has become a reality, and for others that possibility does not yet exist.


1 Introduction: Membership Anniversaries and Theoretical Security Models - Jacek Lubecki and James W. Peterson
2 Late Cold War Security Experiences of Eastern European States - Jacek Lubecki
3 Anti-Communist Revolutions and Emergence of States Responsible for their own Defense - Jacek Lubecki
4 NATO: Partnership for Peace (PfP) and a Staggered Admission Process: 1999-2017 - James W. Peterson
5 The EU as a Security Provider in Eastern Europe - Michael Baun
6 Secure East-Central European NATO Members: Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia - James W. Peterson and Jacek Lubecki
7 Stable Balkan NATO Members: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia - Ivan Nikolov and James W. Peterson
8 Vulnerable Balkan Non-NATO States: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia - James W. Peterson and Ivan Nikolov
9 States with Significant Security Issues: Poland, Romania - Jacek Lubecki and James W. Peterson
10 Challenged Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania - Olavi Arens
11 Conclusion: Moving Beyond the 15-20 Year Anniversaries to Stable Policies in a Time of Constant Political Turmoil - James W. Peterson and Jacek Lubecki



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

Jacek Lubecki is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Georgia Southern University

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