The Russian Military in the 21st Century,
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In April l997, the U.S. Army War College held its Eighth Annual Strategy Conference, the topic of which was Russias Future as a World Power. Most of the speakers discussed various aspects of the many crises besetting Russia, and there were differing views on whether Russia would be able to surmount those crises and make the transition to a politically stable democracy and a market economy. Dr. Alexei G. Arbatov, the Deputy Chair of the Defense Committee of the Duma, delivered the banquet address and provided the Strategic Studies Institute with the following monograph. In his remarks, Dr. Arbatov stated that political and economic reform had largely failed, and that we could reasonably fear further turmoil in the Russian economy and accompanying political and military structures. The very fact that a freely elected member of the Duma, representing one of four primary political parties, was speaking to an assembly at the U.S. Army War College indicates the distance Russia already has traveled in this decade. Nonetheless, Dr. Arbatoys remarks made clear how difficult Russias near-term future will be. In the following monograph, Dr. Arbatov provides a very candid appraisal of Russias current military capabilities. But more importantly, he also outlines a Vision for the future of the Russian military. His vision is set within a well-reasoned strategic context and takes into consideration a domestic economic and political environment that includes a free market economy and the further development of constitutional democracy.
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