Naval War College Review

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Hungary and NATO


Rachel Epstein


The enlargement of the European Union and the consummation of the second wave of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s expansion in the spring of 2004 would tempt one to believe that the postcommunist transition is com- ing to a close as a kind of normalcy settles over the region. Jeffrey Simon’s careful and informative series of books concerning civil-military relations in four Central and Eastern European countries reminds us that in important respects, transition is still under way. Or rather, given the state of civil-military relations across the region, we should hope that it is, for the difficulties that postcommunist states face in democratizing, rationalizing, and strengthening their military-security apparatuses are still manifold.