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Poland and NATO: A Study in Civil-Military Relations Hardcover – December 27, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0742529939 ISBN-10: 0742529932

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Transforming the Polish military, with its proud history and record of heavy involvement in political upheavals, into an instrument of a democratic state and strong NATO ally was a daunting task. [This book] explains and clearly documents the dimensions of the transformation—all of its twists and turns, temporary failures, and major steps forward. Jeffrey Simon sees the whole forest—all stages of the reforms in their political meaning, day-by-day, fact after fact. This could be done only by someone who, like [Simon], personally participated, promoted, witnessed the developments, and, sometimes, advised on them. We in Poland are proud of the accomplishment and grateful to those who helped. (Andrzej Karkoszka, former first deputy defense minister, Polish Ministry of Defense)

Jeffrey Simon has written a rich and balanced account of Poland's defense reform after 1989. He has provided a wealth of factual information and captured the intricacies of the process. An incisive study in civil-military relations, [this] book offers a unique insight into the institutionalization and consolidation of Polish democracy. It should be required reading for any serious student of civil-military relations and democratization in Central Europe. (Andrew A. Michta, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies)

In this detailed and well-argued account, Simon has provided the best account of the process of military reform and the creation of procedures for the democratic oversight of the armed forces that has been undertaken by successive Polish governments in the post-Cold War period. (Royal United Services Institute Journal)

No author is better qualified, based on his detailed research and his experience, to tell the story of the emerging post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe than Jeff Simon. (Parameters)

Jeffrey Simon's excellent survey of the Polish case illustrates the fact that armed forces reform in the CEE countries remains an on-going proces as opposed to simply a race to the finishing post marked by 'NATO membership'. (Stephen Blackwell, Head of European Security Programme, Rusi)

Poland and NATO is another well-documented and profound analysis by Jeffrey Simon. At a time when the whole trans-Atlantic community is trying to spread democracy to countries with histories of dictatorial, often military rule—like Iraq—the experience of other countries turning armed forces into an important but constructive and reliable part of a truly democratic system may be both encouraging and instructive. (Janusz Onyszkiewicz, former Polish Minister of Defense)

Careful and informative. Simon provides a detailed chronology of defense reforms since communism's collapse. (Naval War College Review)

[This book] will stand as a reference point in future scholarship. [It is] carefully researched and well footnoted, citing all the right sources-in short, an excellent effort from Simon. (Slavic Review)

About the Author

Jeffrey Simon is senior fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742529932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742529939
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,971,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Theseus on April 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Jeffrey Simon examines the changing civil-military relationship in Poland as that country strives to gain full admission as a member of NATO. This work provides a conceptual framework drawn from the lessons of post-communist transition in Central and Eastern Europe.

"Transforming the Polish military, with its proud history and record of heavy involvement with political upheavals, into an instrument of a democratic state and strong NATO ally was a daunting task. This book explains and clearly documents the dimensions of the transformation -- all of its twists and turns, temporary failures and major steps forward."

"Another well-documented and profound analysis by Jeffrey Simon." Poland's experience of "turning armed forces into a constructive and reliable part of a truly democratic system may be both encouraging and instructive."

"...a rich and balanced account of Poland's defense reform after 1989."

Trade paperback, 194 pp, index, figures and tables, and 27 pp of Bibliographic Information (End Notes.)

TABLE OF CONTENTS
The 1989 Revolution and Democratic Control of the Military
Five Years of Political Instability

Parliamentary Elections: 1993
Presidential Election: 1995
Parliamentary Elections: 1997
Parliamentary Elections: 2001

Civil-Military Relations: Prospects
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