Why Does Russia Want to Roll Back Europe’s Political and Security Architecture?

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The Zeitgeist Podcast #51: Why Does Russia Want to Roll Back Europe’s Political and Security Architecture?

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On this episode of The Zeitgeist, AICGS President Jeff Rathke and AICGS Trustee Ambassador John Kornblum discuss the growing threat to European security and the post-Cold War security architecture resulting from Russia’s troop buildup on the Ukrainian border and Kremlin’s demand to turn back the European security clock to 1997. Ambassador Kornblum as a U.S. official worked on the Helsinki Final Act and held multiple crucial positions in America’s European policy, including as U.S. Ambassador to Germany (1997 – 2001) and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (1996-1997).

Following the end of the Cold War, was the task for the United States and its allies to create a new relationship with Russia, or to manage the tensions and rivalries across Europe? Does the current crisis stem from flaws in the post-Cold War security architecture, designed by the United States and its allies and agreed to by Russia? Should Ukraine be forced to accept neutrality in order to create a new equilibrium in Europe? Is Germany committed to imposing significant cost in the event of a Russia military invasion in Ukraine? And is the United States still essential to European stability?

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Jeff Rathke, President, AICGS

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John Kornblum, AICGS Trustee

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