How to Enlarge NATO | 2019 | Events

How to Enlarge NATO: The Debate Inside the Clinton Administration, 25 Years On
Mary Sarotte
Johns Hopkins University
October 30, 2019
Building E40-496 (Pye Room)


Newly available sources, declassified because of Prof. Sarotte’s appeals, show how the 1993-95 debate over the best means of expanding NATO unfolded inside the Clinton administration.  These sources make apparent that, during a critical decision-making period twenty-five years ago, supporters of a relatively swift conferral of full membership to a narrow range of countries outmaneuvered proponents of a slower, phased conferral of limited membership to a wide range of states.  In this seminar, Prof. Sarotte will draw on both her previous publications and her current work-in-progress to examine these events and their legacy.


Mary Elise Sarotte is the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC.  Her five books include The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall and 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe, both of which were named Financial Times Books of the Year, along with receiving other awards and commendations.  Sarotte earned her AB in History and Science at Harvard University and her PhD in History at Yale University.  After graduate school, she served as a White House Fellow and subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Cambridge.  Sarotte received tenure at Cambridge in 2004 and returned to the United States to teach at University of Southern California as the Dean's Professor of History before moving to Hopkins.  Sarotte is a former Humboldt Scholar, a former member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a research associate of Harvard's Center for European Studies, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  She is currently writing a book on the history of NATO enlargement; it is based (among other sources) on formerly secret Defense Department, State Department, and White House documents which she has declassified though Freedom of Information appeals.