A Challenge for American Policies: Russian Vital Interests
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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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 of Foreign Minister Andrey Kozyrev 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. 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.
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