Policy Memos

NATO and Russia After the Bucharest Summit: Is a New Security Agenda Feasible?

Policy Memo:

19

Publication Date:

08-2008

Description:

Changes of administration in both Russia and the United States provide some ground to anticipate a “fresh start” in U.S.-Russian relations. One of the most troublesome areas on the agenda concerns the size and scope of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. On the NATO alliance, what can the international community expect from Russia’s new president, Dmitry Medvedev? Will he be willing to tolerate some distance between Russia and the West, as his predecessor Vladimir Putin was, or will he facilitate a more cooperative agenda? Will Russia confront NATO and resist its expansion; acknowledge the inevitability of NATO expansion and, accordingly, restructure and readjust its military strategy; or possibly even consider joining NATO? [...]

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About the author

Visiting Professor, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu, Estonia