NATO-Russia Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Obstacles and Opportunities for Strategic Partnership
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS
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NATO-Russian relations remain a major component of global security in the 21st century. Given the complex threats to global security today, the rising energy demands and energy dependency of Europe, and increasing foreign trade between the parties, Russias relations with the West have become increasingly important. The new security environment of post-911 has prepared a common ground for a closer partnership between these old enemies. Unfortunately, NATO and Russia have been unable to move beyond a certain level of cooperation. This thesis explores the likelihood of a true NATO-Russia strategic partnership by analyzing the perspectives of Russia and NATO on various issues, long-standing obstacles and differences between the two entities, and opportunities for cooperation in the 21st century. The thesis seeks to answer the broader question of whether it is possible for Russia and NATO to make a clean sweep of lingering legacies of deep-seated antagonism and distrust move beyond cultural, religious, and historical differences and lay the foundation for a healthy lasting partnership.
- Government and Political Science