Greenwood Paper Special Issue

Towards Shared Security: 7-Nation Perspectives

Staff of the Centre for European Security Studies
166 pages, ISBN 90 76301 16 6 (10 2001)

At the heart of this volume are five essays on the foundations of shared security in Europe. Each reflects the outcome of a collaborative inquiry that involved contributions from seven countries: three which recently joined NATO and are 'fast stream' candidates for admission to the European Union (EU) – namely the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland; three which aspire to join NATO and are also negotiating entry to the EU – Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia; and the 'borderland' state par excellence – Ukraine. The topics covered reflect a judgement that the promotion of co-operative security across the European continent depends, among many other things, on nation-states finding common ground in some key areas. Prominent among these are: (a) how to ensure respect for human rights and minority rights; (b) how to deal with diversity where issues of democracy, political culture and civil society arise; (c) how to handle the interaction of economics and security in today's conditions; (d) how to tackle new threats on the security agenda; and (e) how to manage the reform of security structures inherited from the Cold War era.

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