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New Research Division Publication - Navigating towards NATO membership: Montenegro's maritime strategy in context

  • 10 Apr. 2016
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  • Last updated: 10 Oct. 2017 13:26

Research Paper 129

Dear Reader,
On 2 December 2015, a small Western Balkan country bordering the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro, was invited to begin accession talks to become NATO’s 29th member state. As NATO’s Secretary General declared at the time: "It is for our shared security. It is about Montenegro freely choosing its own path as a sovereign nation. The progress that Montenegro has made also helps to pave the way for membership of the European Union ..."

This latest NDC Research Paper explores that progress in a maritime context. It explains Montenegro’s efforts, since independence in 2006, to contribute to the rule of law at sea in the Adriatic and wider maritime commons in order to position itself as a legitimate participant in the transatlantic bargain and continental integration.


Jeffrey A. Larsen, PhD, Division Head Research

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