Russia and the Western missile defense initiatives: towards a partnership in the making

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2012
Civelik, İsmail
This thesis analyzes the Western missile defense initiatives and their role in Russia's relations with NATO and the U.S. The main question of this thesis is whether the Western missile defense initiatives have paved the way for a new era of cooperation between Russia and the West or not. The main argument of this thesis is that Russia has failed to collaborate with NATO in a meaningful manner on missile defense issue as Russia has not adjusted its security policies and nuclear strategy, which are still based on the Cold War thinking, to the changing conditions of global security in the post Cold War era. The missile defense initiatives have a negative impact on the relations between Russia and the West due to the intransigent stance of Russia on this issue. A robust cooperation can only be achieved between Russia and NATO if Moscow changes its Cold War mentality about global security issues.
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İ. Civelik, “Russia and the Western missile defense initiatives: towards a partnership in the making,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.