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The Limited Partnership: Building a Russian–US Security Community

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN 0-19-829161-2
317 pp.

Russia is the successor to the Soviet Union as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. It inherited the nuclear superpower status of the defunct Soviet state, much of its military establishment and most of its territory. The future of democracy, and of Russia, is at stake in the events unfolding across Eurasia. Most Western governments recognize that the present embattled transition to democracy and a market economy justifies Western economic help. It should be equally clear that US–Russian security relations must be put on a more stable and forward-looking basis. Co-operation in defence affairs could promote civilian control of Russia's military forces, a requisite part of the transition not only to a security community but also to democracy. Although conditions in Russia remain fluid and the ultimate destination of its transformation uncertain, now is the time to consider how a Russian–US security community could be constructed.

This book discusses the elements of a Russian–US security community. Practical—and difficult—problems stand in the way. The book describes the political traumas in Russia that accompanied revolutionary change and which still shadow future prospects. Interaction between the weapon technologies and military forces of Russia and the USA is an inescapable part of the geopolitical landscape. This is examined against a backdrop of how the military forces of the two countries may evolve in the next decade. The metastable condition of Russian–US relations, mathematically modelled in a chapter, underscores the need to rethink the basic nature of those relations so crucial to world peace. The book speculates on the new Russian–US security community in terms of transparency in military operations, doctrines, and strategies, closer co-ordination of defence planning, joint military exercises and extensive military-to-military contacts. It uses recent history for a prudent assessment of the limitations still attached to such activity.


Part I. Introduction

1. Introduction

James E. Goodby

2. The case for a Russian–US security community

Fred Charles Iklé


Part II. Regime transition: From cold war to co-operative security

3. History accelerates: The diplomacy of co-operation and fragmentation

William W. Newmann

4. Moscow's nationalities problem: The collapse of empire and the challenges ahead

Daria Fane

5. A national security policy for Russia

Sergey Rogov

6. The creation of a Russian foreign policy

Mikhail E. Bezrukov

7. Issues and images: Washington and Moscow in great power politics

David Kaiser


Part III. Military power and international stability

8. Theatre forces in the Commonwealth of Independent States

Edward B. Atkeson

9. US theatre forces in the year 2000

Edward B. Atkeson

10. High technology after the cold war

Benoit Morel

11. The metastable peace: A catastrophe theory model of US–Russian relations

Irving Lachow


Part IV. Building a new security relationship

12. Co-operation or competition: The battle of ideas in Russia and the USA

Steven Kull

13. Building a Eurasian–Atlantic security community: Co-operative management of the military transition

William W. Newmann and Judyth L. Twigg

14. Russian–US security co-operation on the high seas

Steven E. Miller

15. Defence planning: The potential for transparency and co-operation

Judyth L. Twigg

16. Some limits on co-operation and transparency: Operational security and the use of force

William W. Newman