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Lithuania's Bilateral Relations and the Challenge of Eu and NATO Enlargement (Electronic book text)
Lithuania's Bilateral Relations and the Challenge of Eu and NATO Enlargement (Electronic book text): Christoph Wehr
Lithuania's Bilateral Relations and the Challenge of Eu and NATO Enlargement (Electronic book text): Christoph Wehr

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Christoph Wehr

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IntroductionOn the 1st of May 2004, Lithuania will join the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and thereby achieve the main goal of its foreign and security policy since it gained independence in 1991. There had been different options for Lithuania to choose its future orientation concerning the foreign policy. It could have stayed neutral (as it had done in the interwar period) or it could have tried to build up an alliance between the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia). But the option Lithuania finally chose was the aim of West-integration. This decision was of course a deliberate one: Lithuania has always regarded itself as a part of Europe and the Western culture. Thus, after having become independent, the wish to join the most important and influential Western and European organizations must be seen as natural (see Miniotait? 2001). At the same time, one has to realize the challenge which EU and NATO enlargement cause for Lithuania's foreign and security policy. On the one hand the country has to take its responsibility as a full member of both organizations. That means for example that Lithuania will be much more involved into international affairs (as one example might serve the war on terrorism since the terrorist attacks of September 11th).This article deals with another dimension of challenge: Lithuania's bilateral relations. Especially the relationship towards its neighborhood countries will experience serious changes. With Lithuania going to be the Eastern border of both alliances, its neighborhood relations will gain importance both for Lithuania itself and for EU and NATO. Thus, the question raised in this paper is: How do Lithuania's relations with Russia, Belarus, Poland and the Baltic Sea states look like? Accordingly, this article shall focus on the present appearance of these relations. After this analysis some conclusions shall be drawn concerning the future development of Lithuania's bilateral relations out of consideration for the changes that will be caused by EU and NATO enlargement.

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Imprint: Grin Verlag
Release date: 2004
Authors: Christoph Wehr
Format: Electronic book text - Windows
ISBN-13: 978-3-638-29979-4
Barcode: 9783638299794
Categories: Books
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LSN: 3-638-29979-1

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