A little bit less than a decade ago, NATO-Russia relations nearly collapsed at the double insult of the first post-Cold War phase of enlargement (welcoming Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary) and the simultaneous strikes on Serbia and Kosovo, seemingly at Russia's expense. The NATO Summit held in Washington in 1999 was a landmark event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Alliance, and it did so by also inaugurating the second "phase" of enlargement by inviting potential new members on the condition that they fulfill the "membership action plan," or MAP, process. The MAP proces...
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