The Adolescent Empire: America and the Imperial Idea

A look at the New Atlantic Initiative.

Issue: Summer 1997

The principal foreign policy initiative of the second Clinton
administration is the enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization to include the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary.
These old and much-abused nations, having been historically a part of
Mitteleuropa or Central Europe and having passed through a forty-year
confinement within Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe, now seek to
become part of Western Europe or even of the North Atlantic
community. In support of this undertaking, there has formed a group
of foreign policy leaders and specialists from different NATO
countries whose name is, appropriately, the New Atlantic Initiative.
In May 1996 they gathered for a conference, the Congress of Prague,
in that most ancient and beautiful of Central European capitals.

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