NATO Enlargement: A „Geopolitical Victory„ of the United States in the Post-Cold War Era? Results and Perspectives

  • Petar Kurečić
  • Hrvatski geografski glasnik/Croatian Geographical Bulletin, June 2008, University of Zagreb, Department of Geography
  • DOI: 10.21861/hgg.2008.70.01.02

NATO Enlargement: A „Geopolitical Victory" of the United States in the Post-Cold War Era?

What is it about?

The Post-Cold War enlargement of NATO, in two rounds so far, was the biggest and the most important geopolitical change in Europe, after the geopolitical transition that took place in Europe from 1989 to 1991. A third round of the enlargement, which includes Croatia and Albania, was opened at the NATO summit in Bucharest in April 2008, by sending invitations to these two states.

Why is it important?

It explains the geopolitical significance of the Post-Cold War NATO enlargements.


Professor Petar Kurecic
University of the North Croatia

The biggest challenge facing NATO in the future may be coming from the inside – the possibility of becoming a tool of USA’s global geostrategy and its aims. If NATO wants to remain a legitimate alliance and develop itself towards the security community, it must not become a tool for fulfilling the geopolitical and geostrategic goals of only one state, not even the USA.

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