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Institutionalizing Security Cooperation between Russia and the West

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Are there any mechanisms that would allow the security relationship between Russia and NATO member states—whether European or North American—to become deeply and permanently cooperative? On paper, cooperation was institutionalized long ago. The Founding Act on Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation was signed in 1997. The NATO-Russia Council (NRC) has provided a forum for ministerial level consultation since 2002. By 2006, according to political scientist Vincent Pouliot (in his book International Security in Practice: The Politics of NATO-Russia Diplomacy), the NRC was a well-established talk-shop with 25 working groups. [...]

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Professor and Department Chair; Director of the Program on US-Russia Relations at the Harriman Institute
Barnard College, Columbia University