NATO and its Modern Relationship with Russia: the Importance of the United States

There has been a massive change in the relationship between Russia and NATO following the dissolution of the USSR and the end of the Cold War. There have been a series of actions taken by both NATO and Russia in an attempt to control the European theatre. NATO has expanded the alliance to encompass former members of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, threatening Russian national security. Russia has also had two major actions, following the reform of their military, in response to the NATO encroachment towards their borders. These actions in Ukraine and Georgia point towards a modern and more active Russian military while also accomplishing their geostrategic objectives. Even with the re-igniting of tension between Russia and NATO there is still the possibility of de-escalation. NATO and Russia have worked together in anti-piracy operations off the coast of Africa. Finally, the relevance of the NATO alliance and the value that the United States brings to the organization is key to the stability of Europe.

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab