Our continuing commitments in Bosnia and Kosovo are inviting comparison and contrast to the much larger, more lonesome, and initially even more frustrating American commitment in Iraq. Can we effectively apply any lessons learned from our experience in the Balkans to a conflict and region so vastly different? John Lampe, Balkans expert and Wilson Center Fellow, says yes.
Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, will speak at the fourth annual Czech and Slovak Lecture Series. Due to technical difficulties, the webcast that was originally scheduled for this event has been cancelled. A video of the President's presentation will be available on this site soon.
In this op-ed, East European Studies Director Martin Sletzinger takes a look at the U.S. and allied experience in the ongoing nation-building efforts in Bosnia and Kosovo to help put the costs and challenges of Iraq into realistic and sobering perspective.
In December 2002, the European Union issued inviations to eight East European nations, with full integration expected by May 2004. The East European Studies program has been following the developments and the potential implications for Euro-Atlantic relations and for U.S. foreign policy.
NATO and EU enlargement has occurred without addressing some key institutional, capability, and cultural gap questions that have been hanging over the Euro-Atlantic organizations since the fall of communism.
To address the historic changes and challenges surrounding NATO enlargement and EU expansion, the East European Studies program, together with the Stanley Foundation, has organized a two-phased project titled "Enlarging the Euro-Atlantic Space: Problems and Prospects for Northeastern and Southeastern Europe."