Alliance Patterns and Small State Security in East and Central Europe

Project Leader Peter Wallensteen (Supervisor), Erik Noréen (Deputy supervisor)

Project Period


Contact Person

Claes Levinsson

Project Description

This research project deals with the transformed security concept, and the subsequent political strategies to re-shape the security environment according to the principles of cooperative security.

The focus on inquiry lies on the Central and East European Countries (CEEC) and the question of how the national states in Eastern Europe has confronted and adapted to the new security environment. The importance of the CEEC conception of security, and the alliance policy shift to be a proponent and promoter of mechanisms of liberal democratic norms and values and to work with former adversaries and to downplay its role as a provider of hard security, raises questions of theoretical importance which seriously challenge traditional theories of alliance formation and security. This study revolves around a close analysis of the alliance formation process that the CEEC have been involved in for more than a decade, and its integration into the alliance.

The purpose is to make a comparative analyse of the national security conceptions that motivated and sustained the decision to ally, and the impact of NATO’s formula of cooperative security.


Dissertation. To be published, fall 2004

Other Project Activities

Participating in the project: Power Disparity, Identity and Cooperative Security: The Baltic Sea Region in a Comparative Perspective, funded by Östersjöstiftelsen. Headed by Prof. Olav Knudsen, UI

Main Financial Support

Department of East European Studies. Uppsala Universitet