The future of Europe's security

by Wilfried Gruber


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The revolutions of 1989 made by the people of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe did more than topple the communist regimes in these countries. They shattered the bipolar political order established in Europe after 1945 and opened the door for the emergence of a new Europe. This paper assesses the implications these political upheavals are bound to have on the security structure of Europe. It considers the new security architecture likely to emerge, reviews possible security arrangements for a united Germany, and discusses some of the consequences these developments may have for the future of European arms control negotiations.

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