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Foreword

This is the first electronic-only edition of NATO Review. Entitled Examining enlargement, it considers the enlargement debate in the run-up to the Alliance's Prague Summit. In the first of four articles on this issue, Czech President Vaclav Havel describes his aspirations for the summit, which is the first to take place behind the former Iron Curtain. James M. Goldgeier, director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University, Washington D.C., compares the first and second rounds of NATO enlargement and considers the options facing the Alliance today. Dmitri Trenin, deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, analyses the reasons for the lack of vociferous Russian opposition to this round of NATO enlargement. And Andrzej Karkoszka of the Democratic Control of Armed Forces Centre in Geneva, examines how the experience of the newest NATO Allies could influence decisions on future membership invitations.

Elsewhere, in the debate, Ronald D. Asmus of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C. and Charles Grant of the London-based Centre for European Reform discuss whether NATO can remain an effective military and political alliance if it keeps growing. Feature articles examine NATO-sponsored programmes to convert former military bases to civilian use and build the internet in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Stanley Sloan, director of the Atlantic Community Initiative, examines the issues that NATO is facing in the wake of 11 September. Sebestyén L. v. Gorka, executive director of Budapest's Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy, reviews three books on military reform since the end of the Cold War. And Frank Boland of NATO's Defence Planning and Operations Division, examines how the Membership Action Plan is helping aspirant countries prepare for NATO membership. An interactive map illustrating the geographical location of and key statistical data about those countries aspiring to NATO membership rounds out the edition.

Christopher Bennett