The need to deter Russia’s expansionism has returned, and NATO will have to adapt
OTTAWA, Feb. 8, 2017 – Can Russia and the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization create meaningful cooperation out of their currently combustible relationship?
Stéfanie von Hlatky, an Assistant Professor of Political Studies at Queen’s University and Director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy, traces the divide between Russia and NATO member states as it has grown over the last 15 years.
“The political rhetoric of the last two years demonstrates the incompatibility of Russia’s and NATO’s strategic goals”, writes Hlatky. “Beyond the tense conversations, NATO has also shown its disapproval physically by strengthening collective defence and enhancing deterrence”.
Now each side is placing a renewed emphasis on deterrence – both using nuclear weapons and conventional means such as military battalions, with a growing NATO military presence in Poland and the Baltics.
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Stéfanie von Hlatky is an Assistant Professor of Political Studies at Queen’s University and Director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy.
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