NATO-Russia Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge by Aurel Braun

By Aurel Braun

Because the finish of the chilly struggle NATO has redefined its raison d’etre, extending its club, broadening its political pursuits and widening its region of operation.  It has additionally sought to reinforce its co-operation with Russia, for instance throughout the NATO-Russia Council, even though strikes right here have coincided with elements which make co-operation more challenging, comparable to starting to be uncertainty concerning the transition to democracy in Russia, a sense between a few humans in Russia that NATO expansion and the simultaneous diminution of Russia’s impression have been similar, and, extra lately, Russia’s makes an attempt to reassert its effect over its neighbouring states.  This booklet examines the present country of relatives among NATO and Russia, interpreting a few key parts, and assesses the clients for destiny development.  It concludes that each one events have a robust curiosity in construction and conserving protection, and that the expansion of the area of democracy holds out the simplest wish for fixing a few of Russia’s so much seminal safety issues.

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On many of these points, there is a sharp discrepancy between Russian perceptions and perceptions in the non-Russian states of the area, one that goes back to the fundamental difference between metropole and periphery in the preceding, imperial arrangement. In my conversations in Moscow, where I visit several times a year, I have recently heard great cynicism about Western motives in the security domain. J. Colton is especially striking in relation to trends in Russia’s “Near Abroad,” the former Soviet republics that rim it to the west and south.

It is fair to say, though, that in certain regards public opinion in post-postcommunist Russia continues to have varying degrees of autonomy from, and impact on, the state. A recent example from domestic politics would be the inhospitable reaction of pensioners to government attempts to monetize social-assistance payments in the winter of 2004–05, a reaction that spilled over into the streets of Russian cities and forced the government to modify its monetization plan. A good example from the national-security realm would be popular sentiment on military manpower.

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