Amid the civil war in Syria and the general potential for conflict in the Middle East in 2013, questions are being asked as to the effectiveness of international peacekeeping in this day and age. There is also the need to assess the role of the UN in conflict settlement in the region, the political ...
Twenty years ago, the issue of nuclear weapons on the territory of Ukraine and, accordingly, of security assurance to Ukraine in the case of its achieving a non-nuclear status was the focus of attention for policy-makers, diplomats and the international expert community. It was also then that it was...
The question of whether Russia should withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) is increasingly being raised by the expert community. What is more, several Russian officials have said that the treaty is detrimental to Russian national security.
The main p...
Russia's Nuclear Quest Comes Full Circle. Lessons from Two Post-Soviet Decades
On December 25, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev handed over his briefcase containing Russia's nuclear launch codes to Boris Yeltsin. Eighteen months after Russia declared its sovereignty from the Soviet Union and six months after his election as Russian president, Yeltsin received the keys to the contry's nuclear arsenal. Yet another agonizing six months would pass before Russia firmly established its status as the legal successor to the Soviet Union in matters of nuclear weapons. Over the next several years an awareness slowly developed about what kind of heritage Russia had acquired and how best to put that heritage to use.
Russia in Global Affairs. Vol. 9, No. 4, October-December 2011