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To Western tastes, Russian president Vladimir Putin is an incorrigible autocrat who punishes dissenters at home, bullies his neighbors and takes pleasure in such political espionage as meddling in the United States’ presidential election. But to Russians, Putin is a tough-minded politician standing up against the threatening expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In this slim volume, written prior to the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency, Brookings Institution expert Michael O’Hanlon lays out these competing viewpoints. Putin is right to feel nervous about NATO’s expansion, O’Hanlon argues in this contrarian essay. Rather than further crowding Russia, he argues, NATO should take a breather and cease expansion. O’Hanlon serves up intriguing background information, such as that Putin repeatedly warned US president George W. Bush that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had lied about possessing weapons of mass destruction. When Bush invaded Iraq anyway, Putin decided America was dangerously eager to build its own empire. In this well-informed overview, O’Hanlon doesn’t ignore Russia’s belligerence. getAbstract recommends it for useful insight into the Russian psyche.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How NATO began and evolved,
  • Why Russia regards NATO expansion as a threat, and
  • How Russia and NATO could reach a mutually acceptable compromise.
 

About the Author

Senior fellow Michael E. O’Hanlon is research director for the Brookings Institution’s foreign policy program.

 

Summary

NATO Expands, Russia Pushes Back

A dozen nations – the United States, the United Kingdom and France, most notably – formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1949. It now comprises 29 member countries. The alliance provided security during the Cold War and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. NATO succeeded in defusing tensions between member states, such as Greece and Turkey. However, its expansion has become a point of contention in Moscow. Russia objects to NATO pushing closer to its borders.


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