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
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