Most of the articles gathered in this volume were presented as papers at the First George Marshall Conference on European Security, held at the Free University of Brussels (vub), 27 September 1996. The high quality of the presentations and the spirited discussions among the participants made the conference a success. The discussions at the conference made an important contribution to the quality of the present book.

We are especially grateful to Wim de Haar and Anthony Antoine, both research fellows at the Centre for Peace and Security Studies. Without their dedication and industry, the conference would not have been possible.

We would also like to express our appreciation to the Embassy of the United States in Brussels and the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders for their generous financial support of the conference.

Finally, we would like to address a special word of thanks to Prof. dr. Els Witte, the rector of the Free University of Brussels, for her commitment and support all through the project.


Gustaaf Geeraerts and Patrick Stouthuysen


January 1999