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By Ronald D. Asmus

How and why did NATO, a chilly conflict army alliance created in 1949 to counter Stalin's USSR, develop into the cornerstone of recent defense order for post-Cold warfare Europe? Why, rather than chickening out from Europe after communism's cave in, did the U.S. release the best growth of the yank dedication to the previous continent in a long time? Written through a high-level insider, Opening NATO's Door presents a definitive account of the tips, politics, and international relations that went into the ancient determination to extend NATO to critical and japanese Europe. Drawing at the still-classified records of the U.S. division of nation, Ronald D. Asmus recounts how and why American policymakers, opposed to ambitious odds at domestic and overseas, increased NATO as a part of a broader technique to conquer Europe's chilly battle divide and to modernize the Alliance for a brand new era.

Asmus used to be one of many earliest advocates and highbrow architects of NATO expansion to significant and jap Europe after the cave in of communism within the early Nineties and for this reason served as a best aide to Secretary of kingdom Madeleine Albright and Deputy Secretary Strobe Talbott, chargeable for ecu defense matters. He was once desirous about the major negotiations that ended in NATO's choice to increase invites to Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, the signing of the NATO-Russia Founding Act, and eventually, the U.S. Senate's ratification of enlargement.

Asmus records how the Clinton management sought to enhance a intent for a brand new NATO that might bind the U.S. and Europe jointly as heavily within the post-Cold conflict period as they'd been through the struggle opposed to communism. For the Clinton management, NATO growth turned the center piece of a broader schedule to modernize the U.S.-European strategic partnership for the long run. That process mirrored an American dedication to the unfold of democracy and Western values, the significance hooked up to modernizing Washington's key alliances for an more and more globalized international, and the truth that the Clinton management regarded to Europe as America's ordinary companion in addressing the demanding situations of the twenty-first century.

As the Alliance weighs its the longer term following the September eleven terrorist assaults at the U.S. and prepares for a moment around of growth, this booklet is needed studying concerning the first post-Cold battle attempt to modernize NATO for a brand new era.

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