The Challenge of Military Reform in Postcommunist Europe

Building Professional Armed Forces

  • Anthony Forster
  • Timothy Edmunds
  • Andrew Cottey

Part of the One Europe or Several? book series (OES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: the Professionalisation of Armed Forces in Postcommunist Europe

    1. Anthony Forster, Timothy Edmunds, Andrew Cottey
      Pages 1-16
  3. Central Europe

  4. The Baltic States

  5. South-eastern Europe

  6. The Former Soviet Union

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Dale R. Herspring
      Pages 197-210
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Anthony Forster, Timothy Edmunds, Andrew Cottey
      Pages 233-252
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 253-260

About this book


This major comparative study examines the challenges faced by countries of postcommunist Europe in reforming and professionalizing their armed forces. It explores how the interaction of the common challenges of postcommunism and the diverse circumstances of individual countries are shaping professionalization processes in this changing region. The detailed country case studies in this volume, written by leading experts to a common analytical framework, compare the experiences of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, FRY, Russia and Ukraine.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Anthony Forster
    • 1
  • Timothy Edmunds
    • 1
  • Andrew Cottey
    • 2
  1. 1.Defence Studies DepartmentKing’s College London/Joint Services Command and Staff CollegeUK
  2. 2.Department of GovernmentUniversity College CorkIreland

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