A Future European Security Structure.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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While the bipolar division of the world is gone, the East European region, newly freed from Soviet domination, has to grapple with all the problems of the initial stages of freedom. The increasing internal political instability, economic crises, and unresolved ethnic disputes can seriously menace all of Europe. Post-Cold War Europe seeks a new security structure to replace the old and no longer sufficient system of collective defense based on alliances. The current situation in Europe offers a unique opportunity to establish a collective security system. This study examines various threats to European security and tries to answer which organization or institution would best manage European security affairs. Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the organizations currently available, the study attempts to define the shape of a future European security system, which would be capable of dealing with evolving complex issues. The essay argues that, despite its current shortfalls, the CSCE--because of its agenda and broad membership--can play a significant role in a future security system in Europe. The study proposes steps that would reinforce its political and security components in order to transform the CSCE into a UN regional security sub-organization.
- Government and Political Science