This project examines the imminent enlargement of NATO, and the role of the Baltic states in this process, from two different perspectives. Firstly, from the perspective of future security needs and the Alliance mission as envisaged in NATO common declarations. Secondly, from the position of the three states in the Euro–Atlantic security system, as described by central actors in NATO and particularly in Germany.
The project aims to strengthen understanding of the Organization’s importance in relation to state interests and power politics. Analysis will cover events up through NATO’s meeting in Washington in April 1999 and NATO’s operation in Kosovo and its aftermath. The case-study of the Baltic states is of special interest because it is so tightly connected with NATO’s and Germany’s relations with Russia. The project is linked to ‘Two Europes, two philosophies’, a larger comparative study of the institutions of NATO and the EU, supported by Norwegian Research Council. In addition to a final report for the Defence Minstry, this research will produce a scholarly article.