Euro-Atlantic Integration and Russia after September 11
May 30-31, 2002
Since September 11th, the eventual integration of Russia, the world's second nuclear power, into the Euro-Atlantic security system has become an objective of prime importance. Failure to find an enduring solution to Russia-West relations would most likely mean rising geopolitical tensions. While the "Atlantic-led system" of institutions is at the core of both the world security system and the world economic system, Russia can claim an essential role primarily in reinforcing the security side of the system. An initial integration of Russia into the Euro-Atlantic security structure could pave the way for economic integration, which could in turn prove to be a crucial factor in reinforcing Russia's capacity to transform itself into a Western-oriented democracy with a market economy.
This conference, hosted by the Euro-Atlantic Institute of International Integration Studies (EAI), sought to answer the difficult question whether integration of Russia into the Euro-Atlantic institutions would be feasible, and more importantly, would it be in mutual interests of both Russia and the West. The goal of EAI is to bring together academics involved in research in the area of international integration - especially of the Euro-Atlantic area - and practitioners with experience in the field.
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