The New Europe

A View from the North
  • Johan Jørgen Holst


Europe is in the midst of a comprehensive process of reconstruction. The old patterns are waning whilst the contours of the emerging order are both vague and ambiguous. The Cold War has melted and Europe is no longer divided py two competing systems of political and social organisation buttressed by a military confrontation of forward deployments at high levels of forces. Stalemate has been replaced by change. However, by the same token predictability has been replaced by uncertainty. Security has ceased to be a matter of containing clear and present dangers and become focused on ambiguous and future challenges. Europe is not experiencing the end of history, but rather its boisterous return, embarked on a journey of ambiguous departure and uncertain arrival.


Nuclear Weapon Open Society Sovereign State Territorial State Present Danger 
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© Norwegian Institute of International Affairs 1996

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  • Johan Jørgen Holst

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