Accession Number:

ADA285217

Title:

Strategic Forum, Number 6, September 1994. A Challenge for American Policies, Russian Vital Interests

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Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

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Report Date:

1994-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

The conclusions of this on Russias vital interests are In exchange for help in suppressing the parliament last October, Russian military leaders apparently were granted their position that Russias own vital interests-not cooperation with the West-be the basis for Moscows security decisions The current Russian concept of vital interests rejects the old Soviet dogma regarding a struggle between two social systems. However, it falls short of embracing the idea that it is essential for Russia to collaborate with the West on security matters. Nor is the concept dependent on Russias integration into the Western-dominated international system. Although Russias new security premise increases the chances of the United States and Russia disagreeing over security issues, the policy is not inherently confrontational While most within the Moscow decision-making community, including the new, conservative-dominated legislature, accept the notion that Russian policies should be based on vital interests, there is still no consensus on how to translate this principle into action-particularly in what they call the Near Aboard Russias new concept of vital interests represents both a challenge and an opportunity for American policy, but not necessarily a return to Russian expansionism. Russias de- emphasis of integration with the West, combined with the growing risk that an ultra-nationalist might come to power in Moscow, challenges the United States to re-examine its policies, not just toward Russia, but toward the entire region of Europe formerly controlled by the Soviets

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Geography
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Defense Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE