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|Title: ||From Cold War to War on Terror: NATO, Russia and the Balkans 1991–2002|
|Authors: ||McGuigan, Mark|
|Issue Date: ||2004|
|Publisher: ||© Mark McGuigan|
|Abstract: ||The end of the Cold War brought about the collapse of the Soviet Union and caused
the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to think hard about its changed role in the
world. Coincident with these momentous events was the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia and the attendant civil wars in the Balkans. At a given point in history,
therefore, NATO and its former Cold War protagonist Russia found themselves
undergoing fundamental changes while being forced to deal with the immediacy of
the crisis in the Balkans.
This thesis examines, from a NATO perspective, how the Alliance and Russia came
to terms with their changing status after the Cold War, and how their relationship
developed throughout the 1990s and beyond. In particular, it focuses on the course of
the relationship during the bloody civil war in Bosnia, and in the NATO campaign
against Serbia in Kosovo, known as Operation Allied Force.
The thesis considers the disparate nature of the twenty-six-member Alliance and,
ultimately, its dependence upon US political leadership and military power to act
effectively. It considers also the relative weakness of the post-Soviet Russian
Federation, and its attempts to maintain its great power status despite its greatly
reduced circumstances. The conduct of the unequal relationship between a powerful
NATO and a weakened Russia is traced through the course of their interaction in
Bosnia from 1991 to 1995, and their subsequent cooperation in peacekeeping there. It
is examined further in the case of the war over Kosovo, and the deep rift which it
caused between the Alliance and Moscow, only partially bridged by their peacekeeping activities in the province.
In conclusion the thesis attempts an evaluation of the significance of the Balkans in
the overall context of NATO–Russia relations, and offers some thoughts for the future
of the relationship.|
|Description: ||A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||MPhil Theses (Politics and International Studies)|
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