Military Transformation Challenges: Moldova and Montenegro (CSL Issue Paper, Volume 13-08, October 2008)
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
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The dissolution of the Soviet Bloc and the disintegration of Yugoslavia produced 22 new independent governments across Europe and Central Asia. Prior to 1991 these countries were part of integrated economic and military structures where they contributed what was required and shared in the benefits of their closed loop systems. For those smaller entities at the lower end of the viability spectrum, independence, with the resulting disappearance of the economic and defense security blankets, has been more of a cold shower than a warm bath. In order to survive these countries must develop workable economic and security strategies. Economically, they are reaching out to neighbors and regional organizations such as the European Union EU, the Nordic Council, and the Shanghai Cooperative Organization SCO to build new business and commerce networks. In the national security arena the United States U.S. is active in providing assistance in Central Asia, and in tandem with its North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO allies, also in Europe and the Caucasus. A key piece in creating a viable security organization for these former Soviet and Yugoslavian states is the development of professional and technically competent militaries.
- Military Forces and Organizations