NATO Relations with Ukraine: Prospects for Progress
AIR FORCE FELLOWS PROGRAM MAXWELL AFB AL
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The U.S. and NATO pursue close relations, bilaterally and multilaterally respectively, with Ukraine, and Ukraine wants substantive and close relations in return - while recognizing the importance of constructive relations with its eastern neighbor. Given the pressures from both East and West, Ukraines leaders have performed an admirable balancing act - perhaps the only realistic course given the circumstances. While Ukraines relations both with the U.S. and NATO have made great strides since 1991, putting substance into its relationships with the West has been difficult and spotty at times, particularly in certain sectors. Further, Ukraines slow progress in reforming its economy and defense establishment has proven frustrating to western policy makers and institutions. Though this paper focuses on major aspects of NATO-Ukraine relations, it should be remembered throughout that the U.S. is a NATO Ally, and has often been primus inter pares for Ukraine-related issues. This paper aims to provide a fresh look at the development and character of NATOUkraine relations, particularly aspects in the securitymilitary realm.
- Government and Political Science