Evaluating NATO Enlargement: from Cold War victory to Russia-Ukraine War

HCSS Evaluating NATO Enlargement
HCSS Evaluating NATO Enlargement

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the enlargement of NATO (from the late 1990s to early 2000s) has been blamed for the deterioration of NATO-Russia relations, Russia’s increasing belligerence and has been used as an excuse by the Russian government for its invasion of Ukraine. But NATO enlargement has also been incorporated into discussions on the ability of Europe to maintain its own security and the desire for greater European strategic autonomy. So, what is the history and consequences of NATO’s post-Cold War enlargement into Central and Eastern Europe?

On the 17th of May 2023, HCSS will be hosting an online seminar to discuss NATO enlargement and its consequences. The online seminar follows the recent publication of Evaluating NATO Enlargement: From Cold War Victory to the Russia-Ukraine War by Palgrave Macmillan (Eds. James Goldgeier and Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson) and will act as an expert book launch for the work.

The seminar will feature input from three of the authors of Evaluating NATO Enlargement: From Cold War Victory to the Russia-Ukraine War Including, James Goldgeier (Brookings) and Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson (Boston University) as well as Senior Strategic Analyst Paul van Hooft (HCSS) who contributed the chapter: Every Which Way But Loose: The United States, NATO Enlargement, European Strategic Autonomy and Fragmentation.

A keynote speech will be delivered by Anna van Zoest (Director Atlantische Commissie / Netherlands Atlantic Association).

The discussion will be moderated by Director of Research Tim Sweijs (HCSS).

The online seminar builds on previous HCSS events, including the Transatlantic Dialogues Series (Co-organised with the US Embassy of the Hague) which is co-lead by Paul van Hooft.

Other special guests and further details to be announced shortly.

Event Details:
  • Date: 17 May, 2023
  • Time: 16.00 – 17.30 CET (90 mins)
  • Location: Zoom
  • Registration: via this Eventbrite

Note: This is an online event. The Zoom link will be send to all registrants a few days prior to the event.

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