Russia, NATO and the Security Environment after the Cold War 1989–1999

Price: BGN 12,00


Subject: История

Author: Assoc. Prof. Nadia Boydjieva

Published: 2019

ISBN: 978-954-791-297-7

Pages: 272

Format: 70х100/16

About the book

Russia, NATO and the Security Environment after the Cold War 1989–1999 is the first book in Bulgaria to explore the uneasy relationship between NATO and the Russian Federation in the 1990s. The publication analyses fundamental changes in the international system and their implications for international security and international legal regimes in Europe, including the Balkans. The book was inspired by the author’s earlier research on international peacekeeping in the Balkans, by her fellowship at the NATO–EAPC program, and by numerous research trips to Russia.

The book shows that in the 1990s NATO and Russia were able to pursue cooperation on a scale that would have been unimaginable during the Cold War, but also highlights that the NATO – Russia relationship was plagued by tension and continued suspicion. In the end, neither NATO nor Russia were able to make a full break with the Cold War and to establish a fundamentally new international order based on the rule of law.

By the end of Boris Yeltsin‘s tenure as Russian president at the end of the 1990s, the residue of the Cold War past was still evident in NATO-Russia relations. Under Vladimir Putin, whose era  will be covered in a follow-on book, the tension has deepened still further. Russia, NATO and the Security Environment after the Cold War 1989–1999 thus underlines the difficulty in the international system of breaking away from time-old patterns of power politics and state rivalry. Drawing on primary sources from Russia and several NATO countries, the book discusses topics that are still relevant to European security today. 

Russia, NATO and the Security Environment after the Cold War 1989–1999 explains why a full-scale rapprochement between NATO and Russia was so difficult to achieve and ultimately proved elusive. The book is deliberately prepared to be useful both for experts and students, and is also intended for a wider audience interested in international relations, international law, international security, contemporary history, military affairs and diplomacy.


About the author

Prof. Dr. Nadia Boyadjieva obtained an M.A. in History from the Faculty of History, Sofia University and an M.A. in Law from New Bulgarian University. She completed her Ph.D. at Sofia University in 1999 with a dissertation on U.S. policy toward the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1989–1995, which was subsequently published. Since 2008 she has held the post of Associate Professor of International Law and International Relations in the Faculty of Law, Plovdiv University.

She was an Open Society Archive Fellow (Budapest, Hungary), a NATO EAPC Fellow, a John F. Kennedy Institute Fellow at the Free University of Berlin (Germany), a Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitaian law  fellow (Lund, Sweden), a Senior Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Cold War Studies Center (Harvard University, USA), a Black Sea Security program fellow (Kennedy School, Harvard University) and an Advanced Study of Non-violent Conflict fellow (Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA). She has worked in the Russian State Archive of Recent History, the Russian State Archive of Social-Political History, the Archive of the Gorbachev Foundation, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Archive at the University of Texas, and the Hoover Institution Archive at Stanford University, where she also took part in a workshop for scholars from around the world.

Her research and publications have dealt extensively with issues of international relations and diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy in the Balkans, the evolution of various international security systems in the modern era, military alliances, conflict resolution on the international arena, human rights, peacekeeping, and other related topics. Prof. Dr. Boyadjieva is the author of three previous books, one on the history of International Relations (17th–20thcentury), another on U.S. policy toward Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s, and a third on speeches by Stefan Stambolov before the National Assembly in the late 19th century.

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