Moscow's 'Near Abroad' Security Policy in Post-Soviet Europe
Paper no. 16
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC
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The Soviet collapse bequeathed an uneasy security legacy throughout Eurasia. Especially worrisome to defense planners at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO are the actual and potential conflicts in the European republics of the former USSR, part of the Russias near aboard Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and the Baltic republics. This area contains 70 million inhabitants, two thousand nuclear warheads, a disputes. These new nations are struggling to enter Western economic, and security institutions while key Russian figures press for reintegration of the republics under Russias leadership. Moscows evolving policy toward near abroad will indicate what kind of Russia--democratic nation, revanchist empire or anarchic battleground--the West will face in the 21st century.
- Government and Political Science