Russia’s relations with Europe and the United States are at their worst since the end of the Soviet Union. Russian leaders reject the post-Cold War vision of a Europe whole, free, at peace with itself and its neighbours, view NATO as a threat and increasingly consider the EU as a danger to Russia’s political system. This is unlikely to change soon. The anti-Western worldview of Russia’s national security establishment, the proximity of the NATO-Russia line of contact to the Russian heartland, and Russia’s newly assertive posture in many far-flung regions of the world contribute to an atmosphere of heightened tensions between Russia and Europe and the United States. This, however, may not be the biggest challenge facing the West. In the age of Trump, that challenge may come from within, not outside, the Western alliance.
Paper presented at the conference "Transatlantic Security in an Age of Uncertainty", tenth edition of the Transatlantic Security Symposium, held in Rome on 14-15 June 2018.
1. The Europe whole, free, and at peace with itself and its neighbours that wasn’t
2. The post-2014 normal
3. The legacy of 1991
4. The geography of NATO-Russia (in)security
5. The return of global Russia
6. Where do the West and Russia go from here?