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NATO-Russia Relations after the Newport Summit
Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea and its destabilization of eastern Ukraine dominated the conversation at the NATO summit in Newport, early in September. Apart from the decisions to create a high-readiness force and an action plan for Eastern Europe, however, the conference did not pay much attention to the long-term prospects for NATO’s relationship with Russia. But those prospects should have had the highest priority at the summit, for this relationship is probably one of the most important between powers today, with the potential to stoke old Cold War rivalries again – among adversaries still armed with hundreds of tactical nuclear weapons and thousands of strategic nuclear warheads, not to mention large conventional forces.
Dr. Markus Kaim is Head of the Research Division International Security at the German Institute of International and Security Affairs in Berlin. He has held the positions of visiting professor in the German and European Studies Department at the University of Toronto. His research focus lies in the field of US foreign policy, transatlantic relations and EU foreign and security policy. Dr. Kaim’s expertise includes topics such as the transformation of NATO, the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) and German foreign policy in multilateral security institutions.
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This event is cosponsored by the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, and the Centre for Security and Defense Studies. It is supported, in part, by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.