Revisiting and eventually adjusting, though certainly not revising the European security architecture Pál Dunay 1 Introduction After the curtain had fallen and the gate had opened, Europe soon found itself engaged in an architectural debate. Those debates, mainly in the first half of the 1990s were characterized by genuine shared interests and curiosity of all states in the Euro-Atlantic area. It was necessary as the actors were standing there helpless. The old Cold War system was moribund and there was no clear idea what to build in its stead. There were four major underlying factors that made debates about a new security architecture necessary. • Institutions disappeared in the East, the doubling of institutions (first of all doubling between NATO and the Warsaw Treaty) came to an end. The former members of the latter became de facto non-aligned but many of them soon appeared with aspirations to get closer to western institutions and eventually integrate into them. The former non-Soviet Warsaw Treaty member-states were small or medium size without exception. It meant they wanted to leave their historically uncertain status behind and did not want to be exposed to the blowing wind of history any longer. Integration meant
Security and Human Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
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