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NATO Enlargement and the Baltic States: What Can the Great Powers Do?

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank NATO’s enlargement has brought it to the borders of the Baltic states who covet membership in NATO. However, admitting them into NATO is one of the most difficult problems for the Alliance because of Russia’s unconditional opposition to such action and because of NATO’s own internal divisions on this issue. …

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From Madrid to Brussels: Perspectives on NATO Enlargement

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank NATO’s enlargement will be perhaps the most important defense and foreign policy issue of 1997. Certainly, its impact will exert a decisive influence on the future evolution of European security and the institutions that comprise it. This process raises a host of serious issues concerning Europe, not the least being …

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Yugoslavia’s Wars: The Problem from Hell

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank The continuing warfare in the former Yugoslavia looms as one of the most intractable problems in contemporary world politics. For four years the international community has struggled merely to contain this fire and prevent it from inflaming a general European crisis. Only now does there seem a real chance of …

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Russian Defense Legislation and Russian Democracy

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank As recent events demonstrate, Russia’s political system has yet to stabilize. This is particularly the case with civil-military relations for, as the course of the Chechnya invasion reveals, control by the government over the military is erratic and the military is all too often politicized. In this vein, legislation on …

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Reform and the Revolution in Russian Defense Economics

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank As Russia’s invasion of Chechnya shows, the Russian armed forces are suffering from tremendous shortages of capable leaders and soldiers. These problems, among others, relate directly to the shortage of funds for the military. Yet Russia cannot afford to spend more than it is now spending on the armed forces. …

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Turkey’s Strategic Position at the Crossroads of World Affairs

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank, Dr William T Johnsen, Dr Stephen C Pelletiere This report analyzes the implications of Turkey’s policies and the reactions of Turkey’s neighbors in three discrete chapters. The authors focus their conclusions and options for U.S. policymakers on the effect of Turkish policies in Europe, the Middle East, and the former …

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Afghanistan and Beyond: Reflections on the Future of Warfare

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank This report provides an historical analysis of lessons from one of the most important wars of the 1980s, the war in Afghanistan. After reading this study, you will better understand the nature of operations “other than war” in multiethnic states. Many fear that these wars will set the paradigm for …

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