Bulgaria and NATO: 7 Lost Years
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Bulgarias actions and policies on military reform between 1990 and March 1997 left the countrys institutions and military largely unprepared for integration with the Alliance. Bulgarian government and military officials have emerged from the states self-imposed isolation lacking an understanding of how far behind they are, as well as what they need to do, to seek integration. Bulgarias armed forces are only now starting to reform and downsize. The resultant social and economic pain has yet to be felt, and the state is likely to suffer significant political consequences. Some social and political figures may elect to portray the United States and NATO as the cause of Bulgarias social, economic, and political pain. Bulgarias citizens, politicians and military need NATO to better define its standards for interoperability.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations