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Evgeny Buzhinsky, Oleg Shakirov

Against the backdrop of events in Ukraine and the serious crisis in relations between Russia and the West, which have systemic causes, it is becoming increasingly clear that Europe's current security architecture requires reevaluation. The article's authors, Evgeny Buzhinsky and Oleg Shakirov stress, however, that the discussion should not be about a fundamental break with the current model, but correcting this system in the context of resolving the Ukrainian crisis and the changes that have taken place within Europe over the past decade.
This article seeks to provide an evaluation of the general state of affairs and to reflect the approaches the European capitals, Moscow, and Washington take to normalizing relations between Russia and the West which is the key basis needed for starting negotiations on Europe's new security architecture. The authors pay particular attention to the role played by the OSCE as a key element in the European crisis response system, and as a forum for international political dialogue. Practical challenges that need to be dealt with during this current stage are outlined, and possible avenues for activity in longer term are anticipated, including the need for an international conference in Europe that will focus on developing and adopting a mandatory convention on security in Europe.

Security Architecture in Europe in Today's New Geopolitical Environment (full text)



RUSSIA CONFIDENTIAL, Issue № 9 (225), Volume 14. September 2015.