Russia, NATO and Cooperative Security: Bridging the Gap by Lionel Ponsard

By Lionel Ponsard

This e-book explores mutual universal flooring among Russia and NATO and the aptitude to maneuver past cultural variations, really in political tradition.

Lionel Ponsard essentially demonstrates how cooperative protection may possibly function a method to bridge the distance among supposedly adversarial entities: NATO and Russia. He skilfully exhibits that by means of construction self belief among the 2 events approximately each one other’s intentions, cooperative safety can keep watch over attitudes that may differently result in misperception.

Focusing at the peculiarity of NATO-Russia family members, this distinct e-book adopts the Russian method of those kinfolk, drawing on Ponsard’s deep services. 3 transparent components of this quantity articulate this unique paintings: the definition of the Russian identification, Russia’s angle to NATO and the query of cooperation in Russia-NATO relatives. The research of the Russian id sheds a few mild on what occurred to this dating some time past a number of years and gives key classes for today’s concerns of the kingdom. problems that experience arisen because the finish of the Soviet Union till the production of the NATO-Russia Council in 2002 also are under pressure and interpreted, including to an outstanding research of 1 of the foremost components in modern security.

This publication should be of serious curiosity to all scholars of NATO, protection reports, Russian experiences and diplomacy commonly.

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What Russian geography has taught us is that the immensity of the Russian territory, stretching from Europe to Asia, and the consequent heterogeneity of that territory and the people living there, has been the ground for an identity that includes the consciousness of plurality and the acceptance of differences. In other words, the Russian identity cannot be that of the Russian people in its ethnic sense only; it must embrace a dimension that is broad enough for all the inhabitants of the Russian territory to identify themselves with.

At this stage of our research, several points can be made. First, we are now in a position to ascertain that the Russian identity is not one but plural, that it is not exclusive but inclusive, and that the prime nature of what we may call the Russian national identity is not ‘national’ stricto sensu but multinational. Since it lies on inalterable factors and stands as the precondition to the existence of the Russian State in its present form, rossiskii prevails and will continue to prevail over russkii in the Russian mind.

One of the ambiguities of Russian national identity was that though the empire was incapable of satisfying Russia’s national feelings, the Russian national consciousness remained fused to the empire. Undoubtedly, the link between Russia’s national development and this empire-consciousness remains a fundamental characteristic of Russian national psychology. 19 RUSSIAN IDENTITY A very explicit example of the regime’s ambiguity regarding a distinct Russian identity can be found in the Russian language.

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