Nato Enlargement and the Spread of Democracy: Evidence and Expectations

  title={Nato Enlargement and the Spread of Democracy: Evidence and Expectations},
  author={Rachel Epstein},
  journal={Security Studies},
  pages={105 - 63}
  • R. Epstein
  • Published 1 January 2005
  • Political Science
  • Security Studies
The second enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) since the end of the cold war fueled an ongoing debate over whether the alliance contributes to democratization in Europe. In the 1990s, critics warned that the 1999 NATO enlargement would cultivate a new cold war and prove irrelevant to democratic consolidation in central Europe. Events have not borne out these forecasts, however. In Poland, not only did NATO build a civilian consensus in favor of democratic control over… 
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