Russia-EU PSC 321
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Erica Kugler on Thursday April 23, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to PSC 321 at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa taught by Dr. Frazier in Spring2015. Since its upload, it has received 132 views. For similar materials see US National Security in Political Science at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.
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Russia EU 0 USRussia relations are tied in wRussiaEurope and USEurope relations 0 How Russia is viewed impacts US national security prioritization o If Russia is viewed as an adversary then it will be a high priority of US nat l sec 0 If Russia is viewed as less of an adversary then its prioritization is lower History 0 Common theme 1 Russia s need for strategic space 0 strategic space protect Russia from other states I Territory comprising strategic space Poland Ukraine Belarus 0 Common theme 2 Russia s insecurity 0 Fear of European invasion Napoleon Hitler o PostWW2 Cold War gt superpower competition between US and Russia 0 PostCold War Russia s loss of superpower status decline of Russia and rise of EU 0 Feel insecure and fear of being overpowered Russia felt the need to reinvent its dominance and secure oil resources 0 Late 19905 rise of Putin 0 Grand design of Russia s power I Seconomics policies to have Russians keep their money in Russia 0 Nationalism nationalistic rhetoric and resurgence of Russian pride I Stand up to the West and NATO s expansion 0 Made him popular with the people 0 20005 issue with Georgia gt Russia invaded for oil resources and geopolitical power 0 Made Russia look aggressive o Halted the expansion of NATO I Georgia had been a prospective NATO member 0 Does Russia s actions embody a Cold War mindset NATO 0 Problem what to do wNATO o NATO was created as an alliance of Western Europe states and US to counter and contain the power of Russia I safeguard freedom and security members through political and military means 0 If Russia is not long a superpower ie isn t a major threat why does NATO still exist 0 NATO has expanded to incorporate formerUSSR states I Makes Russia feel more insecure I Makes Russia more hostile to NATO s intentions o NATO now concerns itself with international issues outside of Europe such as Central Asia and the Middle East NATO ties the US hands in member states conflicts and affairs 0 Prerequisites forjoining NATO democracy human rights protections 0 Expanding NATO world gains more liberal democracies 0 US favors liberal democracy 0 Russia favors sovereign democracy I Government makes decisions on based on what the people want express the will of the people I Growth in liberal democratic states is seen as a threat to Russia USRussia relations and national security o Nukes gt talk on nuclear arms control are ongoing 0 Both sides agree that nukes can have disastrous effects and both sides prefer not to use them 0 UN Security Council gt cooperate vs veto 0 Russia likes to use its veto power to control US foreign policies and objectives 0 Issue for US is Russia and China s competition for influence over Central Asia 0 Should US overreact to Russia s actions in E Europe 0 No because overreaction can hurt RuskUS relations 0 But do stay concerned about Russia s intentions and actions