When the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was searching for a new mission after its Cold War adversary had vanished, Senator Richard Lugar famously admonished it to go “out of the area,” lest it find itself out of business. The alliance complied, extending its reach not only into its Mediterranean periphery but also as far as Southwest Asia. NATO remained involved in Europe as well, intervening in the Balkans and bringing in new members from the former Soviet bloc. A quarter century after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, an unexpected array of possible new missions on NATO's former flanks makes a book about their transformation over the past fifty years timely reading.

This volume, which originated at a conference organized in 2013 by the Potsdam Center for Military History and Social Sciences, has been published in English by a publisher in Germany, though unfortunately with scant attention to linguistic...

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