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Book: Transforming NATO: New Allies, Missions and Capabilities (Lexington Books/Rowman&Littlefield Publishers, 2011; paperback 2013; Chinese edition 2014) ISBN 978-0-7391-3714-7

Summary:

Transforming NATO: New Allies, Missions and Capabilities builds on the theoretical argument developed in the dissertation. The book examines the three dimensions of NATO’s transformation since the end of the Cold War: the addition of a dozen new allies; the undertaking of new missions such as peacekeeping, crisis response, and stabilization; and the development of new capabilities to implement these missions. It explains these processes through two mutually reinforcing frameworks: club goods theory and the concept of complementarities. The manuscript combines theoretical argument illustrated with various cases. It is rich in details about the different patterns of NATO’s transformation that are bound together in an elegant theoretical framework.

Transforming NATO makes the case that the alliance can be viewed as a diverse, heterogeneous club of nations providing collective defense to its members, who, in turn, combine their military resources in a way that enables them to optimize the organization’s capabilities needed for overseas operations.The book makes a number of theoretical contributions. First, it offers new insights into understanding how heterogeneous clubs operate. Second, it introduces a novel concept, that of complementarities. Finally, it re-evaluates the relevance of club goods theory as a framework for studying contemporary international security. These conceptual foundations apply to areas well beyond NATO. They provide useful insights into understanding the operation of transatlantic relations, alliance politics, and a broader set of international coalitions and partnerships.

For further information, including the table of content, visit the publisher's website.  Here is a link to the introductory chapter (first proofs copy). Information about the book is also available on google books. For author's update about events from March 2011 to April 2013 (the paperback edition), please click here. 

Current Research Projects

 

"Explaining Adaptability: Organizational Assets and Institutional Decision-Making in Emerging Threats" (book manuscript). Original data related to this project can be found at the QDR repository.

"Understanding EU Peacebuilding: Organizational Assets, Decision-Making and International Legitimacy" (with Igor Kovac, see UC Repository for original data).

"Understanding NATO and the EUís Response to Cyberthreats: The Role of Organizational Assets and Decision-Making" (with Igor Kovac, under review, see QDR repository for original data).

"The Use of Interactive Student Response Software (SRS) in Introductory Political Science Courses" (original data available at UC repository).

"The EU and NATOís Asset Fungibility and Organizational Adaptability in Energy Security" (see QDR repository for original data).

 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

"Resilience and Vulnerabilities Related to Russiaís Invasion of Ukraine: The Emergence of a New Club of NATO and EU Members," Baltic Journal of Law & Politics, Vol. 16, no. 1 (2023): 105-121, DOI: 10.2478/bjlp-2023-0006. Click here to read the article.       

"Military Decision-Making" in Research Handbook on NATO edited by Sebastian Meyer. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd (July 2023). More information is available here.

"The Use of Interactive Student Response Software in an Introductory International Relations Course," Journal of Political Science Education (published online: December 2019). Limited electronic copies are available here.

"European Security at a Crossroads? Institutionalization of Partnerships and Compliance with NATO's Security Policies" in NATO's Return to Europe: Engaging Ukraine, Russia and Beyond. Georgetown University Press (2017).  For more details visit the publisher's website.

"Emergence, Dynamics and Institutionalization of UN-NATO Cooperation in Kosovo and Afghanistan," European Review of International Studies, Vol. 2, no. 3 (2015) [Link to the article]

"Teaching Interactively Southeast Asia: a Case of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three Simulation" (with Jim Masterson), Education About Asia, Vol. 20, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 47-51 [Link to the journal]

“Religion, Ethnicity and Security: the Intricacy of Conflict in the Caucasus" (Review Article), Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 33, no 1 (April 2012) [Link to the journal]

"The Relevance of Heterogeneous Clubs in Explaining Contemporary NATO Politics," Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Vol. 8, No. 4 (2010) [text]

 

Other Publications

“The English School,” “Psychological Approaches to International Relations,” and “Approaches to International Organizations” in Theories of International Relations, Vol. 2 (in Bulgarian) edited by Atanas Gotchev. Sofia, Bulgaria: UNSS Press, December 2021.

Review of Atanas Gotchev's "Conflict: Early Warning and Preventive Diplomacy" (in Bulgarian Атанас Гочев, "Конфликтът—ранно сигнализаиране и превантивна дипломация"), European Review of International Studies, Vol. 2, no. 1 (June 2015): 141-4 [text]

"2012 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference. Track Summary on Simulations and Role Play II: International Relations and Comparative Politics" (with Jon Ross), PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 45, no. 3 (July 2012), 535-6

Review of Gulnur Aybet and Rebecca Moore (eds), "NATO in Search of a Vision," Journal of Slavic Military Studies, Vol. 24, no. 3 (August 2011), 555-557

Review of Simon Chesterman and Chia Lehnardt, "From Mercenaries to Markets: The Rise and Regulation of Private Military Companies," Millennium Journal of International Studies, Vol. 38, No. 1 (2009), 172-174 [Link to the text]

Review of Ken Booth and Nicholas Wheeler, "The Security Dilemma: Fear, Cooperation, and Trust in World Politics," Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 30, No. 1 (April 2009), 198-9 [Link to the text]

"The Administration of the President-elect Barack Obama and the U.S. Foreign Policy of Engagement" (in Bulgarian), Legal World, Sofia, Bulgaria, Vol. 2, 2009 [text]

"The EU Eastern Enlargement and The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Migration," (in Bulgarian) in Dinkov, Dinko (ed.), Bulgaria’s Accession to the EU and the Role of the Country in the New International Division of Labor, Yearbook of the Department of International Relations at the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2006

Papers

 

 


“The European Union and Adaptation in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic” paper presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada March 15-18, 2023

“Resilience, Adaptability and Disinformation: The Emergence of a New Club of NATO and EU Members in the Aftermath of the War in Ukraine” paper presented at Workshop Russia, NATO and the West:  Disinformation and Contestation in Central and Eastern Europe, AUBG Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, September 29 – October 1, 2022

"Understanding EU Peacebuilding: Organizational Assets, Decision-Making and External Legitimacy" (with Igor Kovac) paper presented at the 2019 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, August 29-September 1, 2019, Washington, DC; the 2019 Pan-European Conference of the European International Studies Association (EISA), September 11-15, 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria; and the 2019 ISSS-IS Joint Annual Conference, October 18th - 19th, 2019, Denver, CO. Original dataset is available at UC repository here.

"The European Unionís Asset Fungibility and Organizational Decision-Making in Peacebuilding," paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, March 27-30, 2019, Toronto, ON, Canada

"The Use of Interactive Software in an Introductory International Relations Course" paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, March 27-30, 2019, Toronto, ON, Canada

"Understanding Organizational Response to Emerging Threats: Toward a New Typology to Studying International Organizations," paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, April 4-7, 2018, San Francisco, CA

"The EU and NATOís Asset Fungibility and Organizational Adaptability in Energy Security" (with Lyubov Grigorova Mincheva), paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, April 4-7, 2018, San Francisco, CA and the 2017 ISSS-ISAC Annual Meeting, October 13-14, 2017, Washington, DC

"Asset Fungibility and Organizational Adaptability: The EU and NATOís Approaches to Managing and Regulating Cyber Threats" (with Igor Kovac), paper presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, March 15-20, 2016, Atlanta, GA and American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, September 1-4, 2016, Philadelphia, PA [paper]

"Regionalism, Organizational Leadership and National Wealth: the Case NATO's Smart Defense Projects," paper presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, February 18-21, 2015, New Orleans, LA

"Partners in Peace? Un-NATO Constructive Cooperation in Afghanistan, 2001-2012," paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, March 26-30, 2014, Toronto, ON, Canada [paper]

"The Effect of NATO Partnerships on Allianceís Smart Defense," paper presented at the joint Peace Science Society and ISA (PSS-ISA) Meeting, June 27-29, 2013, Budapest, Hungary and 109th American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, August 29-September 1, 2013, Chicago, IL [paper]

"Effective Partners?  NATO-UN Cooperation in Post-Conflict Settings" (with Michael Schroeder), paper presented at the 54rd ISA Annual Convention, April 3-6, 2013, San Francisco, CA [paper]

"The Effect of NATO Partnerships on Alliance's Smart Defense," paper presented at the 54rd ISA Annual Convention, April 3-6, 2013, San Francisco, CA and the PSS-ISA Joint Conference, June 27-29, 2013, Budapest Hungary [paper]

"Institutional Partnerships, Military Transformation and Contributions to Overseas Operations: Strategies Used by NATO to Engage Partners," paper presented at the 70 Annual National Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 12-15, 2012, Chicago, IL

"Defining and Managing Cyber Threats: NATO's Response to the New Challenges of the Modern Information Age," paper presented at the 53nd International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Meeting, April 1-4, 2012, San Diego, CA [paper]

"The Effectiveness of Inter-institutional Collaboration in Designing and Conducting Simulations: the case of ASEAN Plus Three Meeting" (with Jim Masterson), paper presented at the American Political Science Teaching and Learning Conference, February 17-19, 2012, Washington, DC

"The Relevance of Economic, Organizational, and Socio-Cognitive Perspectives in Explaining the Downsizing of Military Bureaucracies: The Case of Ukraine," paper presented at the 52nd International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Meeting, March 16-19, 2011, Montreal, Quebec, Canada [paper]

"Effectiveness of Military Transformation: Does NATO Membership Matter?" paper presented at the 51st International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Meeting, February 17-20, 2010, New Orleans, LA [paper]

"Continuity and Change of Alliance Transformation: the case NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan," paper presented at the 50th International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Meeting, February 15-18, 2009, New York City, NY [paper]

"Structural, Bureaucratic,Organizational and Elite Frameworks of Explaining Military Transformation: the case of NATO," paper presented at the 49th International Studies Association (SA) 2008 Annual Meeting, March 26-30, 2008, San Francisco, CA. [paper]

"Complementarities and Heterogeneity: The Case of NATO's Transformation as a Club," paper presented at the 32nd Annual European Studies Conference, October 4-6, 2007, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska

"Alliance Transformation and the Concept of Complementarities: the case of post-Cold War NATO," paper presented at the Third Pan-European Conference on EU Politics, September 21-23, 2006, Istanbul, Turkey [paper]

"NATO Expansion in an Imbalanced international System: the relevance of security communities," paper presented at the 64rd Annual National Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 20-23, 2006, Chicago, IL [paper]

"NATO Expansion and the Concept of Complementarities" paper presented at the 47th International Studies Association (ISA) 2006 Annual Convention, March 21-25, 2006, San Diego, CA [paper]

"NATO Enlargement in an Imbalanced International System: The Case of Bulgaria," (with Atanas Gotchev), paper presented at the First Global International Studies Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 24 – 27 August 2005 [paper] [data]

"The Conditions Shaping NATO’s Fifth Wave of Enlargement," paper presented at the International Studies Association-Midwest 2003 Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, November 5-6, 2004, as well as 63 rd Annual National Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 7-10, 2005 [paper]

"The EU Eastern Enlargement and The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Migration," paper prepared for presentation the 2nd International Conference on European and International Political and Economic Affairs, Athens, Greece, May 27-29, 2004 [paper] [data]

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