The sheer scale of the European and Russian land mass, as well as the amazingly rich and varied history and cultures of Europe, provide the foundational basis for this study group. Furthermore, in the post Cold War political landscape, the relations between the triad of the U.S., Europe and Russia, present many areas of potential cooperation, as well as possible conflict. Russia continues to perplex the American national security establishment. At times, one of America’s closest allies in the war on terror, she has grown more confident and independent in her foreign policy, sometimes in defiance of American interests. Russia’s position as one of the world’s leading mineral producers as well as her arsenal of nuclear weapons has transformed her into a global force with whom to be reckoned. The republics on her borders, once part of the USSR, now look both east and west as they develop in the world’s globalized economy.
The Europe Russia Studies Group focuses on core national security and strategic areas of interest. Many of the key national security issues facing American decision makers today originate in either Europe or Russia. These include:
- Restarting the U.S. Russian security dialogue
- Offensive Strategic Missile Reductions
- NATO Participation in Out-of-Area Operations (including, but not limited to, Afghanistan)
- European Energy Dependence on Russia
- Demographic Shifts in Europe
- Competition in the Arctic
This study group, in which faculty from multiple departments and with different perspectives participate, conducts an intensive and enlightening study of regional, political, cultural and security issues. The faculty are internationally respected instructors actively engaged in current research and security cooperation activities.