by Isabelle François
◆ The past 20 years have been
marked by several U.S. and NATO
attempts to reach out to the
Russian Federation to develop a
cooperative security framework
aimed at facing common threats
and challenges through joint
actions. European security,
however, remains marred by
significant security challenges.
◆ In 2009, Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev launched an initiative
investing considerable efforts in
redefining the European security
architecture in an inclusive and
comprehensive manner, but fell
short of defining and addressing
◆ A broad dialogue on “hard
security” issues that addresses
Russian perceptions and concerns
is required with a genuine
attempt to reconcile differences.
This paper offers the basis for
developing such a dialogue
making best use of the 2009
Russian proposal in the event that
the United States and Allies can
address the Russian desire to have
a more expansive role and garner
respect at the European table.
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