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NATO enlargement, yes or no?

In July, NATO members voted to invite Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic to join their military alliance, all the time insisting that eastward expansion has nothing to do with kicking an already-weakened Russia while it's down.

But is expanding NATO such a good idea? The Bulletin weighs in with six views--ranging from Ronald Powaski's notion that NATO's plan is on par with the Trojans' decision to drag a large wooden horse into their city, to Jane Sharp's view that, to qualify for NATO membership, Central and East European states are making nice with each other and establishing peaceful democracies. Suzanne Massie and Priscilla McMillan say NATO expansion will alienate Russia and that we should "just turn back." In contrast, Stefan Pavlov, a Bulgarian journalist (and Bulletin Fellow) says the Russians really aren't fretting much about the first new members of NATO--but Russia will mind very much when Bulgaria, or any other country that figures in its oil pipeline plans, gets a NATO bid. ("NATO Expansion, Yes or No?", pages 18­39.)


"Mlad" and "Star"

In January 1944 Ted Hall was an 18-year-old whiz kid who had already been to Harvard and was now part of the Manhattan Project, working on the implosion problem at Los Alamos. When he went home to visit his parents in New York, he also went looking for a Russian contact who might be interested in the secrets he had to tell. In an excerpt from their new book Bombshell, authors Joe Albright and Marcia Kunstel describe for the first time what Ted Hall did on vacation. In a side note, "Did the United States Have Any Secrets?," Albright and Kunstel bring us up to date on efforts to solve the remaining mysteries concerning spies and the Manhattan Project. ("The Youngest Spy," page 47.)


Just imagine Quemoy and Matsu with nukes

At moments of heightened tension, the government on Taiwan tends to talk a nuclear weapons game. But that talk is "virtual," not real. Still, the prospect of a nuclear-armed Taiwan facing off against a nuclear-armed China could be pretty scary. And it could have happened, say David Albright and Corey Gay, who reveal never-before-told details of Taiwan's efforts to rev up its nuclear weapons program, and how, each time, those efforts were swatted down by the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency. ("Taiwan: Nuclear Nightmare Averted," page 54.)





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