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Relations between the Russian Federation and the West have evolved steadily since the end of the Cold War, especially since the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) was established in May 2002. In late 2001, the RAND Corporation and the Institute for the USA and Canada Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISKRAN) created a North American-European-Russian working group to examine the growing cooperation between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Russia and to suggest ways to foster it. The Working Group on NATO-Russia relations does not suggest that Russia seek or be offered NATO membership. Rather, the group suggests that Russia become more deeply involved, as an equal partner, in NATO deliberations, including in regard to the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. It also suggests fostering practical cooperation at all levels, including militarily, in areas of mutual concern. The goal is that NATO and Russia should share responsibilities and reinforce efforts to build security and free societies across Eurasia.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    NATO-Russia in Europe

  • Chapter Three

    NATO-Russia Beyond Europe

  • Chapter Four

    The Future of Russia Within NATO

  • Appendix A

    RAND-ISKRAN Working Group on NATO-Russia Relations

  • Appendix B

    The NATO-Russia Dialogue: An (Unrepentantly) European View

    Alyson J. K. Bailes

  • Appendix C

    NATO-Russia Military Cooperation

    Dieter Farwick

  • Appendix D

    Prospects for Elaboration of Joint Doctrines of Peacemaking Activities of Russia and NATO: Russia's Possible Role in NATO Rapid Reaction Forces

    U. V. Morozov

  • Appendix E

    Prospects for Elaboration of Joint Doctrines of Peacemaking Activities of Russia and NATO: Russia's Possible Role in NATO Rapid Reaction Forces

    U. V. Morozov

  • Appendix F

    Political Relations: RUSSIA, NATO, and the European Union

    Vitaliy Zhurkin

Book Review Excerpts

"…Based on the conference proceedings of several meetings (2002-04) of a 42-member North American-European-Russian working group established by the RAND Corporation and the Institute for the USA and Canada Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in late 2001. It was created to examine the growing cooperation between NATO and Russia and to suggest ways to foster it… This report is essential for understanding what the new goals for NATO-Russia cooperation after 2006 might be. It is important to understand the changing role of NATO within the US National Defense Strategy and the importance of areas of cooperation beyond the NATO-Russia framework. This is why potential differences in vision and policy assessments are important."

- Survival, March 2006

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