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NATO in the “New Europe”: The Politics of International Socialization After the Cold War Hardcover – August 17, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0804751612 ISBN-10: 0804751617 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (August 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804751617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804751612
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,214,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gheciu's work debunks the myth that following Francis Fukuyama's 'end of history,' central and eastern European countries 'naturally' adopted western, liberal values, norms and institutions... A superb and enjoyable book."—H-Net


"...a sophisticated and insightful book..."—Foreign Affairs


"...one of the most enlightening, engaging, and important books on the contemporary Atlantic alliance..."—The International History Review

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In recent years, the question of the post-Cold War NATO, particularly in relation to the former communist countries of Europe, has been at the heart of a series of international reform debates. NATO in the “New Europe” contributes to these debates by arguing that, contrary to conventional assumptions about the role of international security organizations, NATO has been systematically involved in the process of building liberal democracy in the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
The book also seeks to contribute to the development of an international political sociology of socialization. It draws on arguments developed by political theorists, sociologists, and social psychologists to examine the dynamics and implications of socialization practices conducted by an international institution.


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At the end of the Cold War the newly free contries that had been satelite states of the Soviet Union were faced with a problem. The only people with experience in running the country were the communists, who were not considered politically reliable, or former dissidents who may have been reliable but had no experience in leading the country.

Surprisingly, the author reports, the road to these contries adopting Western-style liberal democratic norms and institutions turned out that working with NATO has been far more influential than what would have been expected from a normal expectation of a military alliance.

NATO was involved primarily in establishing the legal and institutional arrangements in the area of Defense. This inturned helped shape definitions of appropriate liberal democratic identity in those states.

The book spends most of its time on the Czech Republic, Romania and of course in analyzing NATO from various international relationship areas.

The conclusions reached by the author are particularily interesting when compared with the viewpoint of the normal liberal to military organizations.
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