Peterson, James W. Books

Dr. James W. Peterson is Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University/Bloomington.

Building a Framework of Security for Southeast Europe and the Black Sea Region: A Challenge Facing Nato
2013 0-7734-4517-X
Security issues in Southeast Europe are tricky because the region has been in turmoil for many years. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) stands out as a likely counterweight to the local problems that have plagued the region, and could serve as a stabilizing force. The book focuses on counter-terrorism measures that can be taken in Southeast Europe, specifically by NATO allies in the region. NATO has played an important role in Southeast Europe in the post-Cold War years. Their brief and selective bombing operation in 1995 helped bring the Bosnian War to a conclusion and the participants to the Dayton Conference. In 1999, their more extensive bombing campaign halted Serb incursions into the Yugoslav Republic of Kosovo. In addition, the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program eventually included most of the states in the region. While there has been no direct involvement of NATO in the Black Sea region, both Georgia and Ukraine have at times made serious bids for membership, as PfP members. Creation of the NATO-Russia Council makes that important nation part of the dialogue as well. The central argument of the book focuses on the thesis that NATO involvement in both regions can be a significant factor that contributes to prospects for security in the area.