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Atlantic Security: Contending Visions

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Atlantic Security: Contending Visions - atlantic-security-contending-visions
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Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press

Release Date January 1998

Price $15.95 hardcover

93 pages
ISBN 0876092350


Where is the transatlantic security relationship headed? What key assumption should inform efforts to preserve it? Although policymakers have embarked on ambitious plans to enlarge NATO into central and eastern Europe, a guiding vision for fashioning an Atlantic alliance for the next century has yet to emerge.

This volume advances efforts to forge such guiding vision by juxtaposing three essays grounded in competing theoretical traditions. Stephen Walt's realist approach suggests that the Atlantic democracies have no choice but to accept a weaker and less cohesive alliance. Ole Waever's constructivist perspective points to the process of European integration as the key to Atlantic Security. Charles Kupchan's liberal account focuses on how to preserve the Atlantic alliance as a community of democracies among which war has become essentially unthinkable.

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Charles A. Kupchan is senior fellow and director of Europe studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor of international relations at Georgetown University. He was director for European affairs at the National Security Council during the first Clinton administration.

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