NATO likely will add two new members in the near future. Romania's strategic geography, integrated military, and Western values make it a logical choice. It is time to put Romania on the short list for NATO membership.
There is little doubt now that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will include new members. Earlier last year during a stopover in Prague, former Secretary of State Warren Christopher flatly stated that "NATO enlargement is on track and it will happen."
Who these new members will be is the cause of heated discussion among military planners. The right choices will buttress the world's newest democracies and enhance security throughout Europe. The wrong choices could exacerbate tensions and doom Europeans to still more years of uncertainty.
The current front-runners for NATO membership are Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary, largely because they led the way to the end the Warsaw Pact and Russian hegemony. They also are more Westernized than many of their former Soviet-bloc neighbors, and they benefit from geographical proximity to other NATO members.