A Cold Peace? Western-Russian Relations in Light of the Ukraine Crisis
In light of Russia's annexation of Crimea and destabilization of Ukraine, West-Russia relations have so dramatically deteriorated that talk of a new Cold War has become routine. NATO's role in Europe is again in the spotlight, with experts and policymakers pondering whether the Alliance needs to go back to its historical roots and re-calibrate itself as an instrument of defence from and containment of Russia. At the same time, cooperation between Russia and the West has not collapsed altogether, with the two still able to coordinate on issues such as Iran's nuclear programme. Clearly, tensions over Ukraine are so strong that the risk of a breakdown in relations cannot be ruled out. Against this disturbing backdrop, the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at the Brookings Institution in Washington and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) of Rome organized an international conference to discuss ways by which Russia and the West can contain tensions, manage competition, and keep cooperating on issues of mutual concern.
Report of the seventh edition of the Transatlantic Security Symposium entitled "A Cold Peace? Western-Russian Relations in Light of the Ukraine Crisis", organised in Rome on 20 October 2014 by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in cooperation with the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at the Brookings Institution. Published also in Riccardo Alcaro (ed.), West-Russia Relations in Light of the Ukraine Crisis, Roma, Nuova Cultura, February 2015, p. 65-73 (IAI Research Papers ; 18), ISBN 978-88-6812-464-9.
1. The conference
2. Russia's interests and Putin's power
3. Putin's Russia vs. the West
4. Russia's place in the world
5. A bipolar Europe
6. NATO and Russia
7. Ukraine's grim outlook
List of Participants