Accession Number : ADA620658


Title :   U.S. Strategic Interests and Georgias Prospects for NATO Membership


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Martel, Albert M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a620658.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 85


Abstract : Many observers in NATO and European Union (EU) countries hold that Russia is attempting to challenge the increasing Western influence in Central and Eastern Europe and reassert itself as a regional and global superpower. The 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine provide evidence in support of this theory. Twelve Central and Eastern European nations have nonetheless joined NATO since 1999, and others have pledged their membership aspirations. This fact alone suggests that a general fear of Russian aggression persists among Central and Eastern European nations, and that NATO enlargement is both justified and welcomed. This thesis examines Georgia s prospects for NATO membership and assesses U.S. strategic interests in this regard. To accomplish this, this thesis analyzes Georgia s geostrategic importance and investigates links between Georgian and U.S. foreign policies as they relate to NATO enlargement. As regards Georgia, the key questions concern the extent to which the United States supports Tbilisi s candidacy for Alliance membership, and whether the United States and its NATO Allies are willing to accept the risks and responsibilities that would be incurred with Georgia s NATO membership. This thesis concludes that U.S. decisions regarding Georgia's candidacy for NATO membership will be of critical importance.


Descriptors :   *GEORGIA(REPUBLIC) , *NATO , COLLABORATIVE TECHNIQUES , COMMUNITIES , CONFLICT , EUROPEAN UNION , FOREIGN POLICY , GEORGIA , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , KOSOVO , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , RUSSIA , STRATEGIC ANALYSIS , THESES , UNITED NATIONS , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE