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Chapter 3: Future Paths to European Security
At the beginning of the 1990s, following the end of the Cold War, the hope was expressed that the twentieth century would end in a climate of peace and that the European continent which, in the course of the century had endured a series of bloody wars, would become an example of international cooperation and mutual understanding. However, by the end of the 1990s, these hopes were shown to be illusory. Instead, Europeans were living in an atmosphere of growing insecurity: a dramatic conflict had erupted in the Balkans. It was this dowry that Europeans would take into the twenty-first century.
Across the continent, individuals, organisations, societies and governments are confronted with the fundamental question of whether ...