Accession Number : ADA309991

Title :   Enlarging NATO: The Russian Factor.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Kugler, Richard L. ; Kozintseva, Marianna

PDF Url : ADA309991

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 313

Abstract : The interaction between the West and Russia promises to be a defining one for East Central Europe's emerging geopolitics, and it will affect the stability of Europe as a whole. Focused on the big strategic picture, this study presents a political-military analysis of the dynamics likely to unfold and of the actions the United States and its allies can take to shape a positive outcome in achieving their goals of admitting new NATO members while encouraging overall regional stability. It begins with a theoretical framework for the strategic thinking that must be done about Europe's new geopolitics and an in-depth assessment of Russia's new statistical foreign policy and defense strategy. It then examines East Central Europe's current and future geopolitics, and concludes with an analysis of alternative strategic and military destinations, coupled with plans for getting to them, that the United States and its allies can pursue for NATO enlargement.

Descriptors :   *NATO, *GEOPOLITICS, *RUSSIA, *EXPANSION, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *CENTRAL EUROPE, *STRATEGIC AREAS, FOREIGN POLICY, STABILITY, POLITICAL SCIENCE, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, INTERACTIONS, DYNAMICS, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL).

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE