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A new security architecture for Europe? Russian proposal and western reactions. Egmont Security Policy Brief No. 3, November 2009

Nopens, Patrick. (2009) A new security architecture for Europe? Russian proposal and western reactions. Egmont Security Policy Brief No. 3, November 2009. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    After the disbandment of the Warsaw Pact, Russia pinned its hopes on the dissolution of NATO and on the OSCE becoming the major regional security organisation in the Euro-Atlantic area. However, taking advantage of Russia’s weakness, NATO went through several enlargement rounds, even incorporating parts of the former Soviet Union. Russia has now recovered and considers that the era of unipolarity is giving way to a "polycentric international system". The war in Georgia and the financial crisis have demonstrated that sufficient critical mass has been achieved to transform the international system. Russia is proposing to fix de jure the political commitments undertaken within the OSCE and the NATO-Russia Council. Russia wants a legally binding document, a European Security Treaty. The question is to what extent this is in the interest of the West?

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Russia
    EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1993--(includes CFSP/CESDP/ESS)
    Other international institutions > OSCE/Helsinki Process/CSCE
    Other international institutions > NATO
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Egmont : Royal Institute for International Affairs > Security Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2010
    Page Range: p. 6
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:33
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14424

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